In light of the first MODERATE RISK for severe weather this year (per SPC), I thought it would be an appropriate time to remind the Community what to do in preparation for an event such as the one that is about to unfold today.
Here are some very important things to gather beforehand.
- NOAA Weather Radio - with new batteries
- Water - a couple days worth (always prepare for worst case, hope for best case)
- Food - again a couple days worth (non-perishable)
- Can opener - for canned food
- Flashlight - Anker solutions
- First aid kit - in the case of injury
- Whistle - to signal for help (no Anker solutions )
- ALL DEVICES (Phones, Tablets, Laptops, etc.) CHARGED TO 100%
- ALL POWER BANKS CHARGED TO 100% - Anker solutions, 26800s preferred
Of course you also want to prepare mentally and with your family. Have an action plan.
Stay safe this storm season!
For those that are interested in the forecast specifics for today (Monday, March 19), read on.
We are looking at a possible outbreak evolving. If you are in or near the moderate risk area (see image above), take the forecast very seriously.
Tornadic thunderstorms will likely develop in far western Alabama and corresponding parts of Tennessee in the 5-6 timeframe and rapidly intensify as they race east. It's not out of the question we could have numerous (possibly up to 5) PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Tornado Warnings ongoing at one time. The threat for damaging tornadoes will continue well after dark tonight.
Here's a look at one model's idea of the tracks of strongly rotating supercells.
Don't get too scared, just be prepared. Stay safe.