Staying Safe when Severe Weather Strikes

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Staying Safe when Severe Weather Strikes

August 4, 2010 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM CDT


Severe weather can strike at any time across the Northland but spring is a prime time.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shares some tips tonight to keep you and your family safe in the event of severe weather.

Thunderstorms can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye here in the Northland. High winds and lightening can pack tremendous power and can cause significant damage and destruction. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by owning a NOAA weather radio.

"When a severe weather warning or tornado warning is issued by the national weather service, it will automatically turn on and alert you of the approaching severe weather," said Carol Christenson. Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Crashing thunder can be frightening but the real danger lies in lightning.

"Lightning can strike 10 miles away from the parent thunderstorm," said Carol.

These bolts can stretch any direction from a storm. Some critical advice is to take cover whenever you see lightening. If you're caught outside, the worst thing you can do is lie on the ground. It's also important to move away from tall buildings or towers. Once you make it inside wait at least 30 minutes after that last clap of thunder before heading back outdoors.

Tornadoes are another major danger. But there was ways to protect yourself...Your first step...seek shelter...then keep away from windows.

When severe weather strikes the best place to be is in an interior room such as a bathroom, and if you have a basement that is also a great place, and remember, have a flashlight standing by when severe weather does happen.

If possible get under a sturdy piece of furniture to protect you from falling debris. And if you can grab pillows to protect your head.
If you're not at home when a tornado strikes take care where you hide.

Seeking shelter under a highway overpass can be a deadly choice; during a tornado wind and debris tend to funnel through these locations.
The experts recommend you get out of your car and lie flat in a ditch covering your head. By staying low, most of the debris will fly over you.

In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

Other safety tips to consider:
-Have a battery powered radio that has frequencies that can tune to the weather band.
-You are safe in ANY corner of the basement, just try to stay under a large table or staircase to protect yourself from falling debris.
-You can see more tips at:

http://www.weather.gov/os/severeweather/index.shtml

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