According to University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Scientist Micheal Lowry, 62 percent of flash flood warnings issued  because of tropical storm Cindy were outside the “cone” of the storm.

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Cindy caused flooding, high winds and even floating clusters of fire ants last week along the states in its path.

But the National Weather Service advises that areas miles outside of the main path of a tropical storm or hurricane can and do get hit with pretty serious effects.

Did we mention the floating fire ants? Because that’s terrifying.

Flooding from the storm can threaten infrastructure, as well, something already badly in need of repair in many areas of the country, including parts of the greater Houston area.

On the Gulf Coast especially, past storms damaged and shut down refineries, impacting the oil production capability of the entire U.S.

The bottom line: even if you live outside the cone of a tropical storm or hurricane, be prepared.

Have emergency supplies ready to go, including plenty of food and water, and be sure your gas tanks are full. There’s pretty much no worse time to see your gas light come on than during an evacuation.

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Just ask these Houstonians:

Even if you’re outside the predictive cone of a storm, there’s a lot to be concerned by this hurricane season AP Photo/David J. Phillip