Be prepared for storms, any kind of storm

As the potential for severe weather increases this week, here are some tips on how to stay prepared and alert during storms.

As our chances for severe weather increases this week, here are some facts from the National Weather Service.

We know that we can't stop the storms, but you can prepare for them. It's always best to be prepared for any kind of storm in advance. Always stay tuned to the weather, especially during bad weather, because it can change rapidly. You can receive text alerts to know when there is a watch or a warning issued in your area, or if you have a NOAA weather radio have it ready.

Always be prepared in the event of power outages. Have extra batteries for flashlights, and always keep extra food and bottled water on hand.

Keep the trees trimmed around your home if you can. When thunderstorms or high winds are expected, bring in or tie down anything outside that could be blown away or become a projectile.

Because we are expecting heavy rain, and the ground is already fairly saturated, flooding and flash flooding is a concern. Never drive over roads covered or partially covered in water. You don't know how deep the water is and that's how people get swept away in flood waters. About half of flood related deaths occur in vehicles, and those can almost always be prevented!

A flood warning means that water, streams and creeks, are rising and continuing to rise out of their banks and are or will soon cause flooding conditions. A flash flood warning  means that flooding is happening now, and it's happening fast!

Take shelter inside during a thunderstorm, and stay away from the windows and electronics especially during a severe storm.

A severe storm means that a particular storm is very dangerous, and winds are expected to exceed 60 mph, or hail is 1" or larger.

If a tornado warning were to occur, make sure to immediately go to the lowest level of you home. The best place is a basement, but if you don't have one, go to the most interior room without windows. That would likely be a closet or a bathroom, and cover your head. It's recommended to put sneakers or boots on, that way if damage were to happen you aren't walking over glass or wood with sandals on.

After any storm, avoid any down power lines.

What to Listen for...
Tornado Watch:
NWS meteorologists have determined that tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch:

NWS meteorologists have determined that severe thunderstorms are likely to occur in your area. Stay tuned for NWS warnings.

Tornado Warning:
NWS meteorologists have determined that a tornado is occurring, or likely to occur within minutes, in the specified area. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning:
NWS meteorologists have determined that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or likely to occur. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

By simply having a plan, this can not only keep you safe during storm but also help you feel safer because you are prepared in the event of severe storms. 

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