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Major Storm Pounding California; Winter Weather Threats Through This Weekend From the Central to Eastern U.S.

The last and strongest in a week-long parade of Pacific storms is pounding California with a variety of hazards, including heavy rainfall, mountain snow and flooding near recent wildfire burn scars. Meanwhile, a weak, progressive system may produce light snow from the Ohio Valley into the northern Mid-Atlantic region through early Friday. Then a major winter storm will develop for the weekend. Read More >

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Weather Safety and Survival

During any calendar year in the United States, hundreds of people can be killed and thousands injured because of the weather. Dangerous weather can take many forms - from violent tornadoes to brutal heat to crippling winter storms - and in this part of the world, we can experience any of these dangerous phenomena.

While there's nothing we can do to stop dangerous weather from affecting us, there are things we can do to stay safe when the weather turns nasty. Weather safety and survival - no matter what the hazard - depend on the following key items:

KNOW THE HAZARDS -
Be aware of the hazards that you might face during a weather event.

KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT DANGEROUS WEATHER -
Monitor forecasts and information from experts at your local National Weather Service Forecast Office.

PAY ATTENTION -
to all watches, advisories and warnings affecting you.

HAVE A PLAN TO STAY SAFE -
Think about it before it happens and be ready to act to survive.

The following links provide more detailed information concerning the most typical weather hazards we face in this area. Use this information to educate yourself about the hazards and to develop your safety and survival plan.