Sunday, May 19, 2013

Strong Tornadoes Possible Today - Sunday 5/19/13

The Storm Prediction Center has Western Mo, Eastern KS and NE OK in a moderate risk box for severe weather today (the rest of the area is in a slight risk box).  Much of the area is in a 15% probability box for a tornado.  There is a possibility this will include STRONG tornadoes.  You still have time time to prepare.  At this time, the estimated timing for these storms will be 5pm for the SE KS/Joplin MO area, and between 9pm and midnight for the Springfield, MO area.

The Springfield NWS lists the threats as:

  • Elevated tornado risk
  • Significant hail risk
  • Significant thunderstorm wind damage risk
  • Limited flooding risk
  • Significant lightning risk
  • Limited non-thunderstorm wind risk
  • Limited fog risk

This could be our first big spring storm system, and it will continue through Monday.  Please be alert and prepared.  Run through your safety plan so you can act on it with short notice.

***Joplin area folks, your weather alert radios may not function properly, please see the NWS URGENT statement regarding the over the air alerting system.***

You should stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Make sure your NOAA All Hazards Radio is on and backed up by battery. If you don't own a NOAA All Hazards Radio, you should. Click the link for a previous blog post on selecting one.

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