Monday, June 30, 2014

"Particularly Dangerous Situation" Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Chicago and Milwaukee

The rarest type of watch:
I disagree the likelihood of tornadoes is "low." I would call it "moderate" in this area. The tornadoes may well be wrapped in rain and difficult, if not impossible, to see. Wind gusts may exceed 85 mph in places with power outages likely.

Here are some safety suggestions for this particular situation. Please review if you are in the tornado watch.
  • Go to the ATM and get some extra cash well before the storms approach. 
  • Fill your car's tank with gas or charge your electric car. 
  • Derechoes can move very quickly. Make sure your children and infirm relatives are accounted for at all times and can be easily and quickly sheltered. 
  • Know -- now -- your sheltering plan if a tornado warning is issued. 
  • Plan to park your car in the garage.
  • Bring in lawn furniture, grills, and trampolines.
  • Make sure you have a source of weather information when thunderstorms approach that will work if the power fails. 
  • Be sure your shelter has a flashlight, batteries, a bottle of water. Wear shoes and take your cell phones.
Note: I am not live-blogging the storms. AccuWeather is providing continuous coverage. 

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