Tornado

To help people be prepared for severe weather in 2021, the National Weather Service and local emergency managers are urging people to learn more about severe weather and how to protect themselves during Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 1 through March 5.

The National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a Tornado Drill @ 10 am Tuesday, March 2nd. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and many local television and radio stations. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens.  We encourage everyone to abide by health and safety guidelines related to covid19 during the tornado test which includes staying at least 6 feet from other people when possible and wearing a mask.  If that's not possible then simply sheltering in place or discussing where you'd go and what'd you'd do are other options.  

Preparing for an event starts now! Ask yourself what YOU would do in case of severe weather. Do you have multiple ways to receive alerts? Do you have adequate shelter & supplies?
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Tornadoes pack some of the fastest winds on Earth and are deadly to anyone caught in their path. Kansas averages 95 tornadoes per year but has seen up to 187, with the peak tornado season running from April to June.
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Every lightning strike can be deadly. Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 MILLION times and kills 47 people on average each year. Many of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable. When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
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Damaging winds and large hail are two other weapons in a storm's arsenal. Hail can exceed softball size and straight-line winds can down trees & destroy property. They often garner less respect than tornadoes but are just as deadly.
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Floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm related hazard. Many flood deaths are the result of people driving into flooded roads. Turn Around, Don't Drown!
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*This information was taken from https://www.kmbc.com and https://www.weather.gov