TORNADOS

Plan ahead. Be sure everyone in your household knows where to go and what to do in case of a tornado warning.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour.

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STORM DAMAGE

The May 2011 storm struck Battle Creek about 4:30 p.m., tipping hundreds of trees and damaging several buildings.

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WINTER STORMS

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days.
Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

 

EXTREME HEAT

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for humans who don't take the proper precautions..

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ICE STORMS

Ice storms are caused by freezing rain. The raindrops move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.

 

WINTER DRIVING

Seasonal dangers, including snow and ice on roads, and reduced visibility from winter precipitation, make it important for drivers to prepare and focus to prevent accidents.

 

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms.

Knowing what to do before a tornado strikes to keep you and your loved ones safe. Doing so will make you a Force of Nature and is an important step in building a Weather-Ready Nation. For more info. on tornadoes and tornado safety, see:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

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