Heat and humidity really kick up my asthma as well as mold and dust. You are probably experiencing more breathing problems due to the storms. The storms release a lot of very bad particles into the air and that is what may be causing your chest to tighten up. I have had terrible asthma problems the past month. I live in the midwest and it gets very humid here and the weather news always shows the mold counts which have been very high recently. I have been using my rescue inhaler(albuterol) sometimes 4X a day this past month. I also have a steroid inhaler which I use 2X a day. That one keeps the inflamation down and the inflamation is what causes your lungs to close up. So don't feel bad about
using your rescue inhaler. Just be sure to use a spacer with it. I found out the hard way that without the spacer the med wasn't getting in my lungs completely and would sit in the back of my throat. I got so hoarse I couldn't even talk. What I wonder is why the pharmacist or my dr. didn't tell me I should use the rescue with a spacer. It would have saved me a trip to the ER. Hope things improve for you soon.