Sunday, January 22, 2012

Prepare For Severe Weather

Those of you who read this weather blog with any regularity know that I don't write to scare and gather hits through 'Weather Entertainment'.....I try to give the information in a concise, easy-to-read and understand way that isn't filled with technical garbage.

Knowing this, please understand the next several paragraphs made have wording that has an alarming sound to it. My goal is keep you informed and let you make decisions that work best for your loved ones.

The ingredients for a severe weather outbreak are coming together. Much of Tennessee could be affected by significant weather events such as strong, damaging winds, large hail, and the possibility of isolated tornadoes. Much of this activity will occur after midnight and due to the majority of people being asleep, this makes the pending severe weather all the more dangerous as well as life threatening.

The National Weather Service is advising people to review their safety plans. Ask yourself - "Where is my safe shelter in my home?" - "How will I receive a warning if one is issued?" -

A weather radio is an invaluable tool during potential severe weather. They are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased through major retailers. A weather radio transmits an alarm that will wake you in the event of a tornado warning. I highly recommend them.

The National Weather Service expects the worst of the severe weather to occur, as I said, in the overnight hours. Below is a graphic showing their prediction of the arrival of the worst.

Winds will kick up overnight and gusts to 40+ mph will be common. Make sure your garbage cans and lawn furniture is secure. Watch for falling branches if you are out traveling and make sure to keep a safe distance as you are nearing high-profile vehicles as they tend to more affected by high winds.

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