... storm safety information... .
A severe weather watch has been issued by the National Weather
Service in Topeka for a portion of Kansas. In the interest of public
safety... the following safety information is provided.
A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather development
within in the watch area. There is no cause for immediate concern... and you may
go about your normal business. Stay informed of the weather situation.
Know your County... nearby cities... and local landmarks whether at home
or if you are on the Road. Listen to weather radio or local media for updated
A warning means a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been observed
or is indicated by Doppler weather radar. If a warning is issued for your
location... immedieately put your emergency safety plan into action.
... Severe thunderstorms may produce...
Strong damaging winds... damaging downburst winds associated with a
severe thunderstorm will be greater than 60mph. Go indoors or into a
basement or storm shelter and stay away from windows.
Large hail... destructive hail associated with a severe thunderstorm will be
greater than one inch in diameter. Go indoors or into a basement and stay
away from windows.
Heavy rain... heavy rain may produce flash flooding quickly. Avoid low lying
and poor drainage areas. Be cautious when driving at night as roads could be
washed out. Turn around... dont drown.
Deadly lightning... lightning is an underrated killer. When lightning
threatens... get indoors and away from windows... stay away trees or towers...
and avoid lakes and boats
Tornadoes... tornadoes are natures most violent storms. The best
shelters are a basement or underground storm shelter... on the lowest floor
in the middle of the building... or in an interior hallway or designated shelter
area. Avoid windows... Mobile homes... and large open spaces like a gymnasium
or auditorium. If on the Road... drive to find safe shelter. As a last resort either
abandon vehicles and get into a ditch or stay belted in your vehicle crouched
below the window line.
Again... stay informed of the weather situation. Know your County... nearby
cities... and local landmarks whether at home or on the Road.
Listen to weather radio or local media for updated weather information.