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The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Severe Weather Warnings for two weather events, when they are highly imminent or are already occurring, hail stones 3/4 inch, or more in diameter, and/or straight-line winds gust of 58 mph or higher.

Thunderstorms can produce several basic kinds of severe weather; tornadoes, strong straight line winds, lightning, flash floods producing rains, and large damaging hail.

Hail

The peak hail season is April through August.

Hailstorms when they strike can result in significant property damage

To protect your motor vehicle or other property from hail damage, try to park in in a garage or car port, or a tent with strong canvas. If this is not possible cover the vehicle with old blankets or jackets .

What You and Your Family Can Do:

  • Monitor a NOAA Weather Radio signal to obtain the latest forecasts and warnings.
  • Make sure the radio receiver has a battery backup.
  • NWS warnings are broadcast on commercial radio and TV stations as well as cable TV channels.
  • Know the county you live in. Severe weather watches and warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.
  • Stay off the water if a thunderstorm approaches.
  • If a storm is approaching, seek sturdy shelter.

What to do and take should your family be evacuated:

  • Clothing for a week
  • Prescribed or necessary medication and glasses 
  • Important papers and purse o wallet, credit cards, deeds, and checks
  • Personal and toiletry articles
  • Special dietary items such as infant formula
  • Bring books, cards or games for entertainment
  • Household pets should be evacuated. You are responsible for the care and shelter of the animal. Pets are not allowed in public shelters.
  • Lock doors, shut windows and close blinds and draperies. Prepare your home like you were going on vacation.
  • Notify family and friends about what is happening and where you plan to stay
  • Move quickly and calmly

If you are ordered to stay indoors or “shelter in place” follow these tips:

  • Close all doors and windows
  • Do not evacuate your home
  • Turn off air conditioners, furnaces, ventilation fans and other air intakes
  • Listen to the radio for further instructions
    
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