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Heavy Rainfall, Flooding, And Severe Thunderstorm Threats From The Mid South To The Great Lakes Today And Tonight

A slow moving low pressure system and cold front will bring the potential for severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and isolated tornadoes from portions of the Mid South to the Midwest and Great Lakes today and tonight. Heavy rainfall could also lead to flooding concerns. The severe weather threat will shift to the Mid Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday. Read More >



 Welcome to Day Two of Winter Hazard Awareness Week.  



Day 2: Winter Hazard Awareness Week- Prepare!


The National Weather Service reminds you to be prepared before winter storms strike.

  • Have flashlights and extra batteries, food and water, extra medications, first-aid supplies, and blankets for additional warmth. If you have an infant in the home, get extra diapers and other necessities. If you are running low on medication, consider filling your prescriptions before the storm arrives.
  • Be sure elderly neighbors or relatives and shut-ins are cared for during the storm. Check on them often, or even have them wait out the storm at your home- especially if there might be power outages.  And power outages are a strong possibility during a winter storm.  That is why you should have a supply of non-perishable foods.
  • Also- remember your pets and livestock. Ensure you have enough food on hand and provide water and shelter.  
  • Before a storm make sure you have plenty of drinking water on hand. It is just as important to stay hydrated during the dry winter months as it is in the hot summer months.  To help you plan on how much water to have on hand - there should be one gallon of water per person and pet per day.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maintains a helpful website with more suggestions to help you prepare for any emergency: weather related or non-weather related. Visit for more winter weather preparedness information.


Plan on providing a gallon of water per
person per day.

You can easily gather your emergency supplies
and store them in a large plastic tote.


You can view the information for the other Winter Hazard Awareness Week topics using the links below:

Day 1 - Winter Weather Terms
Day 3 - Travel Safety
Day 4 - Cold Weather Safety
Day 5 - Indoor Winter Safety