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Severe Weather Awareness Week in NC

Severe Weather Awareness Week in NCThe 2019 North Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week runs from Sunday, March 3 through Saturday, March 9, 2019.  Each year, North Carolina helps its citizens get ready for the storm season. This year is no different. A tornado drill will take place across the state as a part of the preparation. You and yours should plan on taking part in it. After all, it's always good to know what to do if the worst should happen. 

The tornado drill will take place this Wednesday, March 6th at 9:30 in the morning. Families, schools, and businesses across the state will be a part of it. 

Tornado Drill - Details

Here is further information about this year's tornado drill. 

  • There won't be a tornado warning issued. 
  • The drill will be broadcasted on your weather radio. 
  • The Emergency Alert System will also be triggered. 
  • The tornado drill will take precedence over the usual monthly test of the Emergency Alert System. 
  • People who use weather radios may not be able to hear the alarm. Schools commonly use the Midland WR-100 model which is notorious for not sounding an alarm during a drill. Instead, look for the red flashing light on your weather radio. This will occur at 9:30 am on March 6th. 

If you have a weather radio, make sure to switch it on about 5 minutes before the drill begins. They will broadcast it live. Otherwise, you can just set your own alarm to remind you about the drill. 

Once the tornado drill is over, they will broadcast the closing words on your weather radio. However, you can continue your own drill until everyone feels adequately prepared. 

Important: 
If a real severe weather event occurs at the same time as the tornado drill, it will be rescheduled. The alternate tornado drill will then take place on Friday, March 8th at 9:30 in the morning. 

Severe Weather - Frequently Asked Questions

When preparing for severe weather, it's vital to understand a few things about tornadoes and thunderstorms. Knowledge is power and learning about severe weather will help further prepare you for the 2019 storm season. 

What Classifies as a Severe Thunderstorm?

The winds within a thunderstorm must exceed 58 miles per hour to be classified as severe. The hail it produces needs to be larger than 1-inch around as well. If rotation is present in the cell, a warning may be issued. Isolated thunderstorms that rotate are usually called supercells. These are known to produce tornadoes. 

Why Does North Carolina Need to Worry About Storms When Tornado Alley is So Far Away?

North Carolina may not be part of the infamous tornado alley. However, we get about 26 tornadoes on a yearly average. About 39 people are injured from these tornadic storms. Sadly, around 3 people are fatally injured by tornadoes in North Carolina every year. 

Why Should I Take Thunderstorms Seriously?

Thunderstorms may seem insignificant when compared to tornadoes. The truth is that they can be just as dangerous. Here are a few of the serious hazards that you should watch out for during a thunderstorm. 

  • Straight-line winds can be as strong as tornadic winds and can exceed 80 miles per hour. These are sometimes called downbursts. They can cause serious damage to you and your property. 
  • In the last 5 years, 70 people have been hurt and 16 have died from these winds. 
  • Hail that's bigger than a quarter of an inch can seriously damage your property. 
  • During the last 5 years, hail as big as golf balls was reported in more than 200 instances. 
  • Hail the size of baseballs was reported during eight storms in the past half-decade. 

Hail, wind, and tornadoes are the main threats that come with severe thunderstorms. However, you should also keep an eye out for other hazards like flooding and lightning. 

We want to help you be as prepared as possible for the 2019 severe storm season.  Pass this information along to your family and friends. Help us by encouraging schools and businesses across the state to be prepared for severe weather.

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