Bad weather preparation tips

MERIDIAN, Miss (WTOK) –

With a severe weather threat possible this weekend, now is a good time to go over some severe weather safety tips. For starters, it’s best to have several ways to get severe weather alerts: Download the free WTOK weather app * if you don’t already have it; A NOAA weather radio is great to have; or be sure to watch WTOK during any severe weather event, as alerts scroll across the bottom of the screen.

Charge your cell phone so you don’t miss any alerts. In addition, you will be able to stay informed in the event of a power failure. Also, avoid traveling if you can during the period when extreme weather conditions are possible.

If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, the baseline for it means the storm has either an inch of hail, a wind of 58 mph or more, or a combination of both. Now, the National Weather Service has added “Severe” or “Destructive” tags to severe thunderstorm warnings when storms have more impact. If it is a destructive tag issued, you will most likely get a wireless emergency alert on your smartphone. Get more information on Severe Storm Beacons here: https://www.weather.gov/lot/SevereThunderstormWarningsUpdate

The warnings mean it’s happening now or it’s imminent. A watch means that the conditions are favorable for the threat to occur (the threat is possible). So, if you receive any warnings, it is important that you take action immediately.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area, then you should go to the lowest level of your house, away from windows, preferably a bathroom, closet, or interior hallway. It is best, however, to go underground. Thus, a basement would be ideal or a storm shelter.

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