Severe Weather Guide: What to know when storms strike

With summer storms, it’s best to play it safe.
When facing a flood, Turn Around Don’t Drown: The National Weather Service reports that more deaths happen every year due to flooding than any other weather-related hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all flood-related drownings happen when a vehicle is driven into flood waters. Here are tips from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to keep yourself safe:

  • NEVER drive through water-covered roads
  • If your car stalls in water, abandon it immediately
  • Be especially careful at night when it’s harder to see the flooded roads
  • CLICK HERE for more information on flooding safety

Also in this Severe Weather Guide, we’ll let you know the difference between a watch and a warning; how to prepare for severe storms, and how to get the very latest weather information sent right to you if you’re on the go when storms strike.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: WATCH VS WARNING

 Do you know the difference between a weather watch and a warning? A tornado WATCH, for example, is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop. A tornado WARNING, according to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, is issued when a tornado has been detected by Doppler radar or sighted by storm spotters.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

Preparing for a tornado: You may only have minutes to prepare. It’s a good idea to practice a tornado family drill once a year. During drills or an actual tornado warning, remember the following:

  • Go down to the lowest level
  • Get under something (like a table or staircase)
  • Cover your head
  • Remain there until the storm has passed
  • CLICK HERE for more information on staying safe during a tornado

WEATHER UPDATES AND ALERTS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

We’ve all been there: You’re out running errands when all of a sudden, the sky turns gray and it starts pouring. But, is it just a passing shower or are thunderstorms moving in? Get instant weather alerts and updates on your cell phone with our FOX 8 weather app.

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As always, get the very latest on our FOX 8 weather page.

(Information courtesy of National Weather Service, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)