Helping You Prepare when Severe Weather is in the Air

Leo Caplanides
Dramatic thunderstorm clouds.

With days getting longer, temperatures beginning to rise and flowers starting to bloom, it is safe to say that spring is right around the corner. However, the changing of the seasons often brings an increased chance of severe weather. To help you and your family plan for and remain safe during inclement weather, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is sharing important tips and information during North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 7-13).

Here is some important information to keep you in the know:

  • According to the National Weather Service, North Carolina experiences about 40 thunderstorm days per year, 10 percent are classified as severe.

  • Severe thunderstorms are defined by one of the following: produces hail at least an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or stronger, or produces a tornado.

  • Frequent lightning and flooding are not considered severe weather but can be equally as deadly.

  • A weather “Watch” means conditions are favorable to severe weather and be on the lookout for changing weather conditions. A weather “Warning” means severe weather is imitate or is currently happening, take cover.

This year’s Severe Weather Awareness Week will include a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 10. Details.

Learn more about severe weather in our area and how you can prepare for it by reviewing these tips offered by the National Weather Service. You can also get great preparedness tips and information by following Storm Water Services on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter