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Critical Fire Weather Threats and Dangerous Heat Continue Across the West

Dangerously hot temperatures will continue early this week over the Desert Southwest, with critical fire weather threats from the same region northward into the Great Basin. Further north, severe thunderstorms will be possible across the northern Rockies today, expanding into the Upper Midwest on Tuesday. Read More >

ND Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week: April 27 through May 1, 2020
  Severe Thunderstorms  
Tornado Drill
   Flash Flooding


Tornado Safety Tips
  • If in a building go to the basement if one is available. Get under the stairs or piece of sturdy furniture. If there is no basement get to the centermost room on the lowest level, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Protect your head, neck and spine.
  • Stay away from windows! Avoid seeking shelter in gymnasiums or large auditoriums.
  • If in a mobile home, seek a storm shelter or a nearby permanent building. Have a plan! 40% of tornado deaths occur in mobile homes.
  • If you are outside and cannot get inside a sturdy structure, lay down in a ditch or low lying area (beware of possible flooding).
  • When driving, if a tornado is spotted in the distance, stay calm and drive away from it. However, in heavy traffic, never try to outrun a tornado. Seek shelter in a sturdy building. If no building is available, lay down in a ditch or low lying area.