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As Florida braces for Hurricane Ian, it’s important to keep in mind that not all hurricane-related deaths or injuries occur from the storm itself.

I​n fact, a 2016 study found that as much as 44 percent of deaths related to Atlantic tropical cyclones, like hurricanes, could be indirect.

(​Check the latest Hurricane Ian forecast here)

As you or your loved ones prepare, here are two less thought-of hazards to keep in mind.

Vehicle Accidents

One of the leading causes of indirect hurricane deaths (i.e. those not caused by wind or water) are vehicle accidents.

“These occur most often in the frenzy that occurs before and just after a hurricane landfall,” meteorologist Jonathan Belles said. “People get careless when they’re up against the clock rushing to stores or gas stations, evacuating to unfamiliar spots, and then running around trying to get supplies for recovery after.”

Accidents can also occur from people trying to drive during a hurricane, so it’s important to remember to stay put once the storm starts. Bad visibility, windy and rainy conditions and slick roads are all factors that heighten the risk for dangerous crashes.

Drive after the storm only if it’s absolutely necessary. Avoid flooded roads and bridges, and watch out for debris, loose or dangling power lines and out-of-service traffic lights.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a real threat this time of the year, when it’s still quite warm and power goes out. “People are still putting their generators in or near their homes, or running their cars in their garages for a moment of cooler air,” Belles says. “Both of these pump silent and deadly gases into their homes.”

This kind of indirect hurricane death is very preventable. “Move the generators outside and away from any air intake spots. And you can also get a carbon monoxide detector that runs on batteries,” Belles advises.

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