We are well into the fall severe weather season now and a very potent storm system will give a large part of the country a risk for severe weather today (11.17.13). The biggest risk for severe weather and tornadoes, some possibly strong, will be for cities like Peoria, Chicago, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. If you live in or near these cities, expect thunderstorms with high winds and potentially deadly tornadoes, during the late morning in afternoon. While this will be the highest threat area, anywhere from the Great Lakes into the Tennessee Valley has a risk of strong to severe storms today (see map). Please take this threat seriously and have your plan of action for your family BEFORE the storms begin. Remember, unless you have an engineered tornado shelter, in general, the best place to seek shelter is in the basement or lowest floor of the building, away from windows in a small interior room such as a closet or bathroom. Try to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible, stay away from windows and if you can, get under something sturdy. Here are some helpful links:
Have a plan, have a way to hear warnings, don’t ignore warnings, and take immediate action if one is issued and follow your plan.