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Severe Weather Preparation

Being prepared for severe weather saves lives. There are several options today to make sure your family is prepared for severe weather, before it hits your area. Meteorologist Kristen Cornett shows you some of your options.

How do you get the warning?

  • KMOV Radar App, set it for up to 5 locations & warnings come automatically
  • NOAA weather radio
  • Sirens: Don’t rely on them. Sirens are ONLY meant for outdoors & local municipalities have different rules which can lead to confusion.

Do you have a plan? All safety plans should be guided by this:

  • Get to the lowest level of your home, away from all windows, with as many walls between you and the outside
  • If it’s home, school, work or where you worship, you should think of that safe location and know instantly where to go should a warning be issued

Do you Have a safety kit?

  • Everyone should have a safety kit that includes basics for first aid, food, water and more. Click here for more information.

The Anatomy of a Tornado

Have you ever wondered what makes the wind blow, or why those winds become so violent around tornadoes?  Meteorologist Matt Chambers explains the inner workings of tornadoes, and how you can keep your family safe no matter where are you when a twister strikes.

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air. The real danger comes from debris flying around the vortex.

  • Some tornadoes, especially in their early stages, are nearly invisible
  • The pressure at the center of a tornado is very low
  • Since air tends to move away from higher pressure toward areas of lower pressure, tornadoes tend to pull things in toward themselves

When a tornado is approaching, get indoors.  Seek shelter inside a sturdy structure.

  • Basements are best!
  • If you can’t get below ground, get to the lowest level possible
  • Stay away from windows
  • Find a spot that puts as many walls between you and the outside as possible
  • Get low to the floor and cover your head with your hands

If you’re in a large store or gymnasium…

  • Wide-span roofs sometimes fail in tornadoes
  • Seek shelter in a restroom or office

If you can’t get indoors

  • Find a low spot and lie flat
  • Cover your head with your hands

If you’re in a vehicle, you have two primary options.  Both have their risks, so you’ll have to make a judgment call based on your specific situation.

  1. Make sure your seatbelt is fastened and crouch down below the window line, covering your head with your hands.
  2. Abandon the vehicle and search for a low spot where you can lie flat and cover your head.

NOTE:  Do not stop under an overpass, and do not leave your car to seek shelter under an overpass!  You could obstruct the flow of traffic, endangering the lives of others.  And underpasses can create a wind tunnel effect that actually increases wind speeds throughout the area.
 

Flooding Concerns

Flash flooding on average kills more people in the US than tornadoes and we have seen too much of that tragedy in Missouri and Illinois recently. Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton explains the danger of flash flooding and how little water it takes to float your car as we get you Severe Weather Ready.

Storm and Lightning safety

Thunderstorms can occur any day of the year in the Midwest and they can put on one spectacular show! With that show, however, comes very serious threats to life and property. Severe storms with damaging winds, hail or tornadoes can cause major damage, but ALL storms produce lightning. Lightning strikes kill an average of 49 people every year in the United States. Meteorologist Meghan Danahey helps explain where most of these deaths occur and how they can be prevented.

Lightning Death Facts:

  • Over the last decade, over 300 people were struck and killed by lightning.
  • Two thirds of those people were enjoying outdoor leisure activities.
  • Fisherman, beachgoers and campers were killed more often than golfers.
  • Soccer saw the greatest number of sports deaths.
  • Work around the home, yard, ranch or farm also turned deadly.
  • Males accounted for 79% of all lightning fatalities.
  • 70% of the lightning deaths occurred in the peak lightning months of June, July & August.
  • Many of the victims were either headed to safety or steps away from a safe place when the fatal strike occurred.

 
Lightning Safety Tips:

  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • At the first crack of thunder, get into a sturdy building or an enclosed metal vehicle with the windows rolled up.
  • Stay far away from the pool or bodies of water.
  • Stay in your safe place for at least 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.
  • While indoors, stay off any corded device that puts you in direct contact with electricity.
  • Stay away from plumbing, windows, doors and porches.

Historic Storms

Historic Storms Remind Us Why We Need To be Prepared:
When it comes to severe weather and tornadoes, don’t be scared…be prepared.  Remember tornadoes do not happen often and the high end tornadoes are even more rare.  But we know they can happen as some historic storms have torn through the St. Louis area.  Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt reviews some of the more extreme storms to hit St. Louis.

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    Meghan Danahey

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    Matt Chambers

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    Matt Chambers is a show host, producer, meteorologist, father, and husband – not necessarily in that order.  The Show Me State native joined KMOV in 2005, and his family has tripled in size since then!  Matt and his wife are raising four children in the Metro East.

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