Put to test: Tour of RI evacuation routes

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(WPRI) — The summer months can create some dangerous storms, including devastating hurricanes that can pick up steam along the Carolina coast and hit us here at home.

Although in the futurecast there are no major storms headed our way, over the next three months we could be facing some very dangerous storms.

And when those severe storms make their way, we will be showing you how we track weather and alert you before we get it.

At times, it may be unsafe to stay in your home, school or workplace when a storm strikes, making it necessary for officials to evacuate residents.

The last time Southern New England had any mandatory evacuations was in 2012 ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

South Kingstown, Westerly, Narragansett and Bristol all issued evacuations to residents in low-lying areas.

Who makes the decision to evacuate residents?

In Rhode Island, town managers or emergency management will often map out evacuation routes.

In 2006, officials from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency along with the Department of Transportation mapped out hurricane evacuation routes to help direct people away from areas likely to flood during severe weather.

When do evacuations happen?

Evacuations can happen quickly and sometimes without warning, so it is best to be prepared and to take a look at evacuation maps before a storm hits.

Meteorologist Pete Mangione tested Rhode Island’s evacuation routes. Watch the above video for more.

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