Residents and motorists in the Central United States braced for severe weather conditions and a developing storm last week.
The potent storm unloaded heavy snow, isolated tornadoes and flash flooding that caused travel and safety concerns.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported that a winter storm is forecast in parts of the Upper Midwest and Northeast this week that could unload heavy snow and blizzard conditions.
Potent storm in the Central United States
Weather forecasts looked into the emergence of severe weather risks in the Central U.S. last week.
AccuWeather’s latest report showed that heavy snow and severe weather unfolded. Before the storm impacted, weather agencies warned of possible harsh weather events.
According to AccuWeather, about four people were injured due to the storm. Associated Press News added that a tree fell that injured people from Northwestern University.
Reports also said heavy snow affected Michigan, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas City, Nebraska and Colorado roads.
Meanwhile, reports said that a twister spawned in parts of Northwestern Arkansas that caused damage to properties, power lines and trees.
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February 11, 2013 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Severe Weather: Developing Storm Unloads Heavy Snow, Tornadoes in Central US this Weekend
Furthermore, the weather forecasts noted tornado outbreaks emerged in Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.
The potent storm also unleashed flash flooding and heavy rain in Alabama, Northwestern Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky.
No injuries or casualties were reported after the severe storms.
The severe weather conditions resulted in widespread travel disruptions.
Staying safe during severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes
The South is no longer stranger to extreme weather events, including severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes.
From ice storms to tornado outbreaks, many residents in the South braced for extreme weather events this February 2023.
The situations would become more challenging when widespread power outages or severe weather events struck without preparations.
As a result, the American Red Cross emphasized the importance of disaster preparedness, especially during severe weather conditions.
Here are important reminders for communities for disaster preparedness as the threat of isolated tornadoes could emerge again in the South.
Staying updated with tornado watches and warnings
Homeowners should stay updated with tornado watches and warnings this week to help them anticipate any tornado outbreaks, especially at night.
Nature World News (NWN) reported the difference between a tornado watch and a warning. Read here.
Check your home for possible damage.
After the tornado outbreaks, homeowners should check their homes for possible tornado or severe weather event damages.
The challenging weather conditions could destroy trees, power lines and outdoor equipment.
Homeowners should be extra careful after the tornado outbreaks as debris could fall anywhere. Toxic materials and leaks are also possible.
Tornado emergency kit
As emphasized in previous reports, homeowners should keep a ready-to-go emergency kit at home. The emergency kit should include the following:
- Non-perishable goods and bottled water
- Primary I.D.s and cash
- Portable battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Extra mobile phones
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