Ways to Prepare When Weather Goes from Clear to Severe

Leo Caplanides
Flooding on Williamson
  • 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 just as dangerous. 

  • 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. 

Flood Safety Tips

  • Make a plan for your household so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. 

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Six inches of rushing water can knock a person over and just a foot of rushing water can carry away a car. 

  • Listen to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding. 
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas. 

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