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Severe Weather Awareness Week – Thunderstorms

Posted: Thursday, April 7th, 2011 at 6:30 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Smith

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Day four of Severe Weather Awareness week focuses on severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning when there is a storm capable of producing winds of at least 58 miles per hour and hail at least one inch in diameter. Severe thunderstorms contain several potentially dangerous elements including lighting, hail, straight-line winds and heavy rain.

Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson say the key to staying safe is being prepared and aware of what’s going on around you. He says the biggest severe weather threats for our area is a combination of strong winds and large hail.

The National Weather Service reminds residents that “when thunder roars, go indoors”.

For more thunderstorm information CLICK HERE.