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Severe Thunderstorms in the Central U.S. Today; Dangerous Heatwave Coming to the West

Isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms will be possible today and Thursday across parts of the central Plains into the Upper Midwest and mid Mississippi Valley. Damaging winds, large hail and flooding should be the main threats. A record-breaking and dangerous heatwave is coming to the West. Dozens of daily high temperature records could be broken starting this 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.