Pre-Christmas Severe Weather Possible
POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 9:39pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 9:42pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC33) — Severe weather might occur across the deep south Saturday into Sunday.
As a front drags over the region, a line of thunderstorms will develop. Some of the stronger storms, along the line, could bring gusty wind, heavy rain, hail and isolated tornadoes.
Right now, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire state of Louisiana under a slight risk of severe weather--meaning we should monitor the forecast closely this weekend.
It is too early to pinpoint where storms will be most severe, if at all, so everyone should keep in mind that there is the potential for bad weather, and need to prepare accordingly.
The last severe weather to occur in the state was on October 31, 2013. (Click here to view the storm report.) If severe weather happens this Saturday, December 21, 2013, as forecast, then it will be a 51 day stretch between events. October 12 and September 3 were also the most recent severe weather days in Louisiana.
Here are some severe weather safety tips and reminders, courtesy FEMA:
- Build an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car in case you are told to evacuate. This kit should also include a pair of goggles and disposable breathing masks for each member of the family.
- Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Continually monitor the media – Be aware of storm's which could impact your area.
- Know how you will be warned in an emergency (NOAA Weather radios with a tone alert are a good option).
- Know if you live or work in a flood prone area. Check with your local emergency management for details.
- Know where to shelter (ie: basement, interior room/hall, bathroom, closet, etc) if conditions warrant and where shelters in your area are located.
- Ensure your home is ready – Elevate items in the basement which could be flooded. Bring in outdoors items such as children's toys, patio furniture, garbage cans, etc which could be blown around and damaged. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
- Know how to shut off utilities, including power, water and gas, to your home. Have proper tools (i.e.: wrench) ready and nearby.
- Find out what types of events and kinds of damages are covered by your insurance policy. Keep insurance policies, important documents and other valuables in a safe and secure location.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
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