Sunday, April 2, 2017

This Looks Like a Major Tornado Day...

...for Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. A tornado watch is already out (see below) in east Texas. Tornado warnings have already been issued.

Here is the outlook from now until 7am CDT Monday.
On the map above, the significant threshold for tornadoes is 5% (brown). The risk today is more than three times that level. In addition, the hatching means violent tornadoes are forecast. There is also a high risk of damaging thunderstorm straight winds in northern part of the yellow and red areas above, along with the likelihood of very large hail in the yellow and red areas.

Here is what you should do to prepare.
  • Make sure you have at least two, independent, sources for tornado warnings. I recommend the AccuWeather smartphone app and WeatherCall. They will give you the warnings for your home (or other selected location) with a few false alarms as possible. The red link will get you a free test for tomorrow. 
  • Have a system for your children and infirm friends and relatives to get the warning quickly and get to shelter in seconds. 
  • If infirm people need help getting sheltered, go pick them up before thunderstorms approach. Do NOT try to get to them after a tornado warning is issued. 
  • Make sure your phone and laptop are fully charged.
  • Won't hurt to make sure you have some extra cast and a full fuel tank for your car.
  • Make sure your generator is full of fuel and working properly.
Reminder: I provide periodic real-time storm information -- based on good science and without hype -- on Twitter @usweatherexpert .

There is complete tornado information and safety rules at AccuWeather Ready

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