Four-States Area Prepares With Severe Weather Awareness Week

Each year, the National Weather Service and North Carolina Department of Public Safety team up to bring awareness about severe weather to residents of North Carolina.

"We try to give as much warning as possible for people to enact that plan, but what if you've only got two minutes?" At that time, think about where you would go in the event of a tornado here at NIU or where you live so that you can protect yourself when severe weather occurs.

Dahl said the weather on the backside of the strong winds and heavy weather will likely be more tame. This test will be broadcast over NOAA ALL Hazards Weather Radio and KSNT-TV, KTKA-TV, KTMJ-TV and the Northeast Kansas CW. However, if you are interested in becoming a certified storm spotter there are classes coming up, click the link below for more information.

A statewide tornado drill will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

According to the Topeka office of the National Weather Service, a maximum wind gust of 53 miles per hour was recorded at 2:55 p.m. Monday. No actual tornado warning or CodeRed call will be issued, so the response needs to be simulated. Currently, a fire weather watch is in effect until 6 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service. Go immediately underground to a basement ent, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom). Practice what you would do as if the event was real.

"Practice makes flawless rings true when it comes to preparing for severe weather".

Even more ominously, Miller said, this year marks the 10 anniversary of the Greensburg tornado. The drill will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be carried by local radio broadcasters.

Winter said the drill is the flawless opportunity for businesses, schools and families to test their own severe weather procedures.

The National Weather Service advises having an emergency supply kit ready that contains things like bottled water, flashlights, a radio with extra batteries, prescription drugs and first aid supplies.

  • Salvatore Jensen