IT IS IMPERATIVE, that if you live from north Texas to southern Minnesota and especially from the Red River north to southern South Dakota, that you stay weather vigilant and aware. YOU NEED to have your severe weather preparedness plan in place and that should include:
- KNOW WHERE TO GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE
- MONITOR LATEST WEATHER WARNINGS
- HAVE A WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER WARNING NOTIFICATION SYSTEM (I RECOMMEND WEATHERCALL!)
Additional information and being severe weather prepared may be found in this previous post
FYI, some of you may notice some new wording today in your Tornado Warnings. This is a new method of highlighting a specific danger within a particular storm and is being test implemented in a few locations such as Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City. Below is a sample of what you could see or hear (the bolded information is the new text being test implemented):
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
1057 AM CDT WED MAY 25 2011
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN JOHNSON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
NORTHEASTERN MIAMI COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...
NORTHWESTERN CASS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
UNTIL 1115 AM CDT
AT 1052 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LOUISBURG...AND MOVING NORTH AT 30 MPH.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BELTON...CLEVELAND...BUCYRUS...STILLWELL AND STANLEY.
TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
New Tornado Emergency Warning:
THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
SOURCE...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFIRMED LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE TORNADO.
IMPACT...COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS IS LIKELY. MANY WELL BUILT HOMES AND BUSINESSES WILL BE COMPLETELY SWEPT FROM THEIR FOUNDATIONS. DEBRIS WILL BLOCK MOST ROADWAYS. MASS DEVASTATION IS HIGHLY LIKELY MAKING THE AREA UNRECOGNIZABLE TO SURVIVORS. TORNADO MAY BE UN-SURVIVABLE IF SHELTER IS NOT SOUGHT BELOW GROUND LEVEL.
TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CATASTROPHIC
I have already supported and endorsed WeatherCall for several years now but another reason to do so is they are working with the NWS to implement the new additional tornado warning information into the phone notifications to make sure you get the most accurate, precise and life saving information possible.
Please, Please, take all warnings very seriously today and GET WEATHERCALL!
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