Severe Weather Possible Thursday March 30, 2017










For Immediate Release

March 30, 2017

Severe Weather Threat Today


“Stay alert for changing weather conditions today,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness (SCOP). The National Weather Service says thunderstorms with the possibility of damaging winds will move into Shelby County and other parts of the Mid-South early this afternoon.  Make sure you have a safe place to shelter ahead of the storm.


Severe Thunderstorm Safety Tips:


  • Stay Informed:  Look for darkened skies, lightning, high winds, hail, and heavy rains. Listen to NOAA radio and download weather apps. Heed the watches and warnings! 


Know the Difference:


  • Severe Thunderstorm:  A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, winds of at least 58 mph and/or hail at least 1" in diameter.
    • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms.
    • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: A severe thunderstorm was spotted on radar or by spotters. Take cover immediately!


  • Postpone Outdoor Activities: Reschedule outdoor sports events, boating, and yard work.


  • Plan to Shelter:  An underground storm shelter or basement offers the best protection. If not available, go to the lowest floor of a sturdy building, an interior room, with the most walls around it, and move away from windows.  Secure windows and doors. Unplug electrical appliances. Avoid plumbing and corded phones. Maintain control of pets. Have a “go kit” ready with a NOAA radio, helmet, whistle, flashlight, batteries, water, non-perishable food, blankets and pillows.


  • If Caught Outside: Find a sturdy building for shelter. If no shelter is near, go to a low area and make yourself a small target. Do not lie down on the ground. Stay away from metal. Never seek shelter under a tall tree. Watch out for flash flooding.


  • If Driving: Pull to the shoulder and stop. Do not park under trees. Avoid contact with metal in the car. If a tornado warning is issued, leave the car and find a ditch to lie in.  During heavy rains, be aware of water on the roadways – remember, “Turn around, don’t drown!” Resource:                



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