Sunday, June 25, 2023

Midwest Tornado Risk!

There is an enhanced risk of strong tornadoes in the Midwest today --- depicted by the hatched yellow. The brown area has a significant risk. 

It has been quite a while since a tornado risk this high presented itself. 

Now is the time to prepare

Call friends and relatives to make sure they are aware of the threat, especially if they live in a mobile home. 
  • Make sure you have at least three independent ways of receiving storm warnings. These include a weather radio, an app, StormWarn (I can personally vouch that is is excellent), and a nearby siren you are certain you can hear indoors. 
  • If you live in a mobile home, you may wish to move spend time with a friend or relative when a tornado or severe thunderstorm watch is issued. 
  • Check your tornado shelter. Make sure it has a couple of bottles of water and, if appropriate, diapers.
  • Any essential foods or medicines should be taken into the shelter with you along with any family heirlooms.
  • Have all of your devices charged but disconnect them when you see the first lightning or hear the first thunder.
  • Keep the kids in close communication. 
  • Bring in lawn furniture, trampolines or anything else that can blow away. 
  • Put the car in the garage. 
I'll update the blog in the mid- to late afternoon. 

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