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Severe Weather Safety Tips

STORM SAFETY INFORMATION

A Severe weather watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Topeka for a portion of Kansas. In the interest of public safety, the following safety information is provided.

A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather development within the watch area. There is no cause for immediate concern, and you may go about your normal business. Stay informed of the weather situation. Know your county, nearby cities, and local landmarks whether at home or on the road. Listen to weather radio or local media for updated weatherinformation.

A warning means a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been observed or is indicated by Doppler weather radar. If a warning is issued for your location, immediately put your emergency safety plan into action.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE

Strong damaging winds: Damaging downburst winds associated with a severe thunderstorm will be greater than 60 mph. Go indoors or into a basement or storm shelter and stay away from windows.

Large hail: Destructive hail associated with a severe thunderstorm will be greater than one inch in diameter. Go indoors or into a basement and stay away from windows.

Heavy rain: Heavy rain may produce flash flooding quickly. Avoid low lying and poor drainage areas. Be cautious when driving at night as roads could be washed out. Turn around, don’t drown.

Deadly lightning: Lightning is a an underrated killer. When lightning threatens, get indoors and away from windows, stay away from trees or towers and avoid lakes and boats.

Tornadoes: Tornadoes are natures most violent storms. The best shelters are a basement or underground storm shelter on the lowest floor in the middle of the building, or in an interior hallway or designated shelter area. Avoid windows, mobile homes and large open spaces like a gymnasium or auditorium. If on the road, drive to find safe shelter. As a last resort either abandon vehicles and get into a ditch or stay belted in your vehicle crouched below the window line.

Again, stay informed of the weather situation. Know your county, nearby cities, and local landmarks whether at home or on the road.

Listen to weather radio or local media for updated weather information.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.