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2909 W. Pawnee
Maple & West St.
Greenwich at K-96
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1355 S 383rd St. W
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1445 N. Rock Rd. #125
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Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Issued when there’s a strong possibility for development of severe weather in your area
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Severe weather has been spotted in your area. Criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning: Wind gusts of 60 mph or greater, and/or hail 1” in diameter or larger
Issued when conditions are favorable for tornadic thunderstorms to develop in your area
A tornado has been spotted or detected by radar in your area
Used when a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a tornado is imminent or ongoing. This is only used when sources confirm a tornado on the ground, or there is clear evidence of a damaging tornado such as the observation of debris on radar.
Usually issued hours, possibly even days before a large storm system moves into your area with the potential for large amounts of rain which could lead to flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, or low-lying areas
Flooding is occurring. Life and property are at risk in your area
A basement or an interior room provides the best protection from thunderstorm winds. Thunderstorm winds can reach more than 100 mph and can easily overturn mobile homes and cars, uproot trees and tear roofs off homes and buildings.
Seek shelter inside. Stay away from windows and exterior walls. Hail stones can reach the size of baseballs and can cause serious damage to life and property.
Thunderstorms can produce very heavy rainfall in a short amount of time which can cause flooding. Flooding is the number one killer in severe weather because it can take people by surprise. Rising flood waters can wash out roads and sweep cars and trucks off the pavement. REMEMBER: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
Lightning is another top killer during severe weather. If lightning is in your area, move inside. Stay away from windows and avoid using corded electrical appliances. If you’re caught outside, stay away from tall and isolated objects. If you are swimming or boating, get off the water as soon as possible. If driving, stay in your car and don’t touch the metal.
Remember to DUCK:
D - Go DOWN to the lowest level possible
U - Get UNDER something sturdy
C - COVER your head and neck
K - KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed
In your home - Take cover in a basement, underground shelter or the most interior room. Stay away from windows. Take a portable, battery-powered radio with you so you can monitor the situation until the all-clear is given.
In a building - Go to the lowest floor of the building and avoid rooms with high ceilings. Interior hallways provide the best protection.
Mobile homes - Go to a community shelter immediately. Do not try to ride out the storm in your mobile home. A ditch or culvert may provide better protection if you can’t find a shelter.
Open country - Look for a nearby shelter if you have time. Never try to out run a tornado in your car. If you can’t find shelter and are in the path of a tornado, leave your car and lie flat in the nearest ditch or culvert. Use your hands and arms to protect your head.
Storm photography copyright Jim Reed Photography
Jim Reed is one of America's most accomplished and award-winning extreme weather photographers. Described by American PHOTO magazine as "an artist of the sky," Jim has spent twenty years tracking and documenting our changing climate. In his book, STORM CHASER: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY, Jim's storm-chasing stories are told through the lens of his camera. From extraordinary tornadoes to historic hurricanes, remarkable floods, geomagnetic storms, and magnificient lightning. Jim captures not only the mercilessness of America's deadly weather, but also the magnificence and meaning behind the tempests. Jim tells the story of traveling through more than two thousand U.S. counties in his trusty Ford Explorer. He describes what it feels like to be within 500 feet of a twister, to be inside the dead-calm eye of a monstrous category four hurricane, and more.