Severe Weather Guide: Staying safe when storms strike
We made it through all the snow, ice and extreme cold of winter here in Northeast Ohio; now, we must prepare for the types of severe weather that come in spring and summer– everything from thunderstorms, to floods, to tornadoes.
In our 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.
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
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
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.
FOX 8 meteorologist André Bernier breaks it down in the video below:
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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)