We’re here in Minneapolis watching a gorgeous day slowly change into a stormy one.
So how do you know when it’s time to make a severe weather plan or move to a safe room? Here are some tips from meteorologists and storm chasers:
1. Know the official signs:
- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are more likely to occur.
- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm. Also listen for Tornado Watch or Warning and Flash Flood Watch or Warning.
- Listen for tornado sirens â€” remember you may not be able to hear them or they might not be sounded in time.
- Turn on your weather radio or tune into your local TV stations for updates.
2. Watch for changing weather conditions, especially for tornadoes. The sky may turn very dark (like night) or have a dark green tinge. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you; people who have lived through it say that an approaching tornado sounds like a freight train.
3. While a thunderstorm might seem common (especially this time of year), remember that all thunderstorms are dangerous. Head indoors as soon as you see lightning or hear that first clap of thunder.
4. Head to a safe place. If severe weather is imminent or a tornado is on its way, head to an interior room with no windows. Bring flashlights, your weather radio, food and water.
5. Want more? Get ready for emergencies with our get ready month series we published last year here on the blog.
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