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Severe Weather Awareness and Preparedness Week in Ohio

Join the NWS and the Ohio Committee For Severe Weather Awareness and Ohio Emergency Management Agency during Ohio Severe Weather Awareness Week March 17-23, 2019 to promote severe weather safety.

 


State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct an Annual Severe Weather Tornado Drill at 9:50 AM on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019Every school, citizen, and business is encouraged to participate in the drill.

 

NWS Cleveland will issue a test warning as part of the drill. A Routine Weekly Test (RWT) code for EAS and NOAA Weather Radio will be used again this year to simulate what would occur in the event of an actual tornado warning.  Local authorities may also choose to activate additional warning systems at this time which may include sirens and other automated warning systems. 

Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning. The purpose of the drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, and damaging winds. Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill. 


Join Us In Becoming a Weather Ready Nation!

 

The Weather Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability from extreme weather events. Recent tornadoes, floods, drought, etc. demonstrate the need to be prepared. Are you weather ready? Here are resources to help you be prepared before disaster strikes.

NWS Severe Storm Safety  |  Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness  |  Ready.gov  |  OEMA

Severe Weather Safety Tip Sheets

 (PDF's for download & print)

 Tornado Safety  |  Flood Safety  |  Lightning  |  Storm Safety  |  Awareness

 

Tornado Information & Safety

 

Deadly and devastating tornadoes have demonstrated their awful power in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Now is the time to develop a tornado safety plan before a tornado strikes. Knowing what to do before a tornado occurs is essential to protect lives.

Ohio recorded 17 tornadoes in 2018 

Pennsylvania recorded 31 tornadoes in 2018

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Severe Thunderstorm Information & Safety

 
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Severe thunderstorms produce a variety of weather hazards including tornadoes, large hail, damaging straight line winds, flooding, and lightning. Now is the time to review Severe Weather Safety Information.

Severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and large hail can be a threat to life and property. Damaging straight line winds are much more common than tornadoes and can be just as deadly. 

Those caught outdoors during a severe thunderstorm are particularly vulnerable. Boaters and campers should be especially alert to the potential of severe storms. High winds associated with severe thunderstorms can strike suddenly. Winds in excess of 60 mph can easily capsize boats and put campers at risk due to falling trees. 

 Flood Information & Safety

 

Typically, flooding results in more weather related fatalities than any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? Because many of the deaths occur in automobiles when driven through flooded roads as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive across a flooded road. 

For more information, go to the Flood Safety page. 

One of the primary flood hazards and causes of flood related deaths is driving into and through low water crossings. Every year, a few adventurous drivers attempt to cross flooded roads and fail. Learn more about Low Water Crossings

 

 

Water weighs 62.4 lbs. per cubic foot and typically flows downstream at 6 to 12 mph. When a vehicle stalls in the water, the water’s momentum is transferred to the car. For each foot the water rises, 500 lbs. of lateral force is applied to the automobile.

However, the biggest factor is bouyancy. For each foot the water rises up the side of the car, the car displaces 1500 lbs. of water. In effect, the automobile weighs 1500 lbs. less for each foot the water rises. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles!

Lightning Information & Safety

 

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms in progress somewhere on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms a year! In the United States, there are an estimated 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year. While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also extremely dangerous. 

Tragedies in school-sponsored athletics are unfortunately a growing trend as well. When thunderstorms threaten, coaches and officials must not let the desire to start or finish an athletic activity or event cloud their judgment when the safety of participants and spectators is in jeopardy.

 

For more lightning facts and safety information, go to the NWS Lightning Awareness page.

 

Severe Weather Products and Services

 

Did you know that your National Weather Service office in Springfield, Missouri offers a wealth of information to alert you of potential or imminent severe weather and flooding? Below is a list of severe weather products, as well the product descriptions and intended response.

Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook

NWS Cleveland Weather Radar 
Weather Ready Preparedness Page

 

Severe Weather Warnings and Outlooks
Product
Description
Awareness & Action Level
Hazardous Weather Outlook Issued at least twice daily by 6 AM and 4 PM to alert you of potential weather hazards.   Stay tuned to later statements and be alert for the development of hazardous weather.
Severe Weather Watches Issued when conditions become favorable for the development of severe weather. Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or severe weather is observed.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued when severe weather (1" hail or larger and/or winds in excess of 58 mph) is imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Tornado Warning Issued when a tornado is imminent and has been spotted or indicated by doppler radar. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Severe Weather Statement Issued to update the status of severe weather warnings and give specific details on the location and severity of storms.  
Local Storm Reports Issued to inform you of actual severe weather occurrences.  

 

Flooding
Product
Description Awareness & Action Level
Flood Watch Issued when conditions become favorable for flooding.  Prepare and take necessary precautions in the event a warning is issued or flooding is observed.
Flash Flood Warning Issued when rapid and life-threatening water rises are imminent. Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flood Warning Issued for main stem river flooding or over land flooding for an extended period of time.  Take immediate action to save lives and property.
Flash Flood & Flood Statements

Issued to update the status of warnings and watches, and give specific details on the locations and severity of flooding.  

 

 

Social Media and You

 

NWS Cleveland covers much of northern Ohio, portions of Lake Erie and portions of northwest Pennsylvania. We are surrounded by seven other National Weather Service offices. We issue watches and warnings for the protection of life and property. You can help us with your reports of severe weather and staying connected on social media. For additional information, visit your local NWS office website and social media pages:

 

Cleveland

216-265-2370

Link to NWS Cleveland's Facebook pageLink to NWS Cleveland's Twitter page

Wilmington

937-383-0031

Link to NWS Wilmington's Facebook pageLink to NWS Wilmington's Twitter page

Northern Indiana

574-834-1104

Link to NWS Northern Indiana's Facebook pageLink to NWS Northern Indiana's Twitter page

Detroit

248-620-9804

Link to NWS Detroit's Facebook pageLink to NWS Detroit's Twitter page

Buffalo

716-565-0204

Link to NWS Buffalo's Facebook pageLink to NWS Buffalo's Twitter page

State College

814-231-2408

Link to NWS State College's Facebook pageLink to NWS State College's Twitter page

Pittsburgh

412-262-1591

Link to NWS Pittsburgh's Facebook pageLink to NWS Pittsburgh's Twitter page

Charleston

304-746-0180

Link to NWS Charleston's Facebook pageLink to NWS Charleston's Twitter page

 

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