Friday, June 18, 2010

High Wind Sirens

Did the tornado siren go off in your neighborhood this morning?
The tornado sirens are now programmed to sound when we have reports of 70 mph in severe thunderstorms.
It is disconcerting to hear the sirens when you see ominous clouds like the pictures above. It will be interesting to see how many folks thought a tornado was in their neighborhood as the high wind moved through today.
It is so important to stay away from windows and move to the interior or lower levels of the building you are in during a tornado. It is also important to take similar precautions with very strong wind events. Debris can blow through windows in severe thunderstorms...just like tornadoes.
The skies will clear a bit this afternoon...then more chances for strong storms later today. It does not look like the storms will be as severe as the first storms today.