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Kansas experiences a wide variety of summertime severe weather, including: tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. Residents are encouraged to use this week to review their severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do as if the event was REAL.

Tornado Drill

The National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a Tornado Drill @ 11 am Wednesday, March 6th. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and some local television and radio stations. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens.  

For those wishing for a printable version of the 2024 Kansas Severe Weather Preparedness Packet download that HERE.

We will be focusing on several different severe weather safety topics through the week.











Receiving Weather Info Flood Safety Tornado Safety Hail and Wind Safety Lightning Safety

Preparing for an event starts now!

Ask yourself what YOU would do in case of severe weather. Do you have multiple ways to receive alerts? Do you have adequate shelter & supplies?

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Floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Many flood deaths are the result of people driving into flooded roads.

Turn Around, Don't Drown!

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Tornadoes pack some of the fastest winds on Earth and are deadly to anyone caught in their path. Kansas averages 95 tornadoes per year but has seen up to 187, with the peak tornado season running from April to June.

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Damaging winds and large hail are two other weapons in a storm's arsenal. Hail can exceed softball size and straight-line winds can down trees & destroy property. They often garner less respect than tornadoes, but are just as deadly.

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Every lightning strike can be deadly. Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 MILLION times and kills 47 people on average each year. Many of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Public service announcements courtesy of Bill Kurtis

Interested in Learning More About Severe Storms?

Check our spotter training talk schedule and see if there is a session near you.
Sessions are free and do not require an RSVP!

Weather Spotter's Field Guide - An Excellent Source of Information

June 8th 1966 Topeka Tornado Information