Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 6:26 PM GMT on May 02, 2012
It seems like the threat of severe weather has gone unabated recently, and today will be no different. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a moderate risk of severe weather in eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota, and northwestern Iowa. This means there is a decent chance of severe thunderstorms in this area. Severe thunderstorms could bring about a variety of damaging weather conditions such as heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. This moderate risk is the highest we have seen all week so residents in the area should be watching local weather conditions very closely.
In addition, there is a large area under the slight risk of severe weather category. This area stretches from Nebraska through parts of the Upper Midwest and the Ohio Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic.
All of this severe weather threat is due to a front moving through the Plains.
The severe weather map is a good resource to stay informed of where severe weather is popping up. This map will show you where severe thunderstorms are, and if any are potentially tornadic.
How to Prepare For Severe Weather
We realize there has been several days of severe threat in the Plains and Ohio Valley. It would be very easy to let your guard down or to become fatigued with the constant preparations. This type of attitude is very dangerous.
You should always prepare yourself for the eventuality of severe weather so you and your family can be safe should unfortunate weather make its way into your neighborhood.
NOAA Weather Radio is probably the best way you can keep yourself informed of severe weather. Go out and buy a weather radio. Weather Underground has also assembled a list of NOAA Weather Radio providers you can stream. But, if the power goes out in your town, you won't be able to utilize this resource. So it is still recommended that you get yourself a weather radio.
Have a plan for family safety. This includes notifying all of your family members of what they should do in case of a severe weather emergency. When your city is in a tornado warned area, seek shelter in your basement or storm cellar. An interior, first story bathroom or closet away from windows and doors is also suitable if you do not have a basement.
Mobile homes do not make suitable severe weather shelters. If you know someone who lives in a mobile home and is in a tornado warned area, please make sure they know of the dangers and assist them in getting them to safety preemptively.
As always, we will be covering any severe weather outbreak on Twitter. All you have to do is follow Weather Underground's Twitter feed. We try to tweet the most up-to-date information from a variety of sources, including the NWS, trained spotters, and local media outlets.
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