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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
842 AM CDT WED MAR 26 2014

...2014 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR NEBRASKA...

GOVERNOR DAVE HEINEMAN...THE NEBRASKA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAVE DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF MARCH
24TH TO MARCH 28TH...AS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE STATE
OF NEBRASKA. THIS WEEK PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST COMMUNICATION
SYSTEMS AND TO GET POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC.

TODAY IS WEDNESDAY AND MARKS THE THIRD DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE STATE OF NEBRASKA...WHICH WILL END FRIDAY...
MARCH 28TH. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL HOST A STATEWIDE
TORNADO DRILL TODAY BETWEEN 10 AND 11 A.M. CDT.

HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT...

10:00 A.M. CDT STORM PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES TEST TORNADO WATCH
                 FOR ALL OF IOWA AND NEBRASKA VALID UNTIL 11:00 A.M.
10:10 A.M. CDT WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) IN SIOUX FALLS AND
                 OMAHA ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR THEIR IOWA
                 AND NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:20 A.M. CDT   WFO IN HASTINGS ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING FOR
                 THEIR NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:30 A.M. CDT   WFO IN CHEYENNE...WY ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR NEBRASKA PANHANDLE COUNTIES.
10:35 A.M. CDT   WFO IN NORTH PLATTE ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR NEBRASKA COUNTIES.
10:40 A.M. CDT   WFO IN GOODLAND...KS ISSUES A TEST TORNADO WARNING
                 FOR THEIR SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA COUNTIES.

A TORNADO IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING COLUMN OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE
GROUND. A VISIBLE CLOUD IS NOT NEEDED FOR A TORNADO TO BE IN
PROGRESS. SOME TORNADOES MAY NOT APPEAR TO EXTEND TO THE GROUND BUT
ARE CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE.  TORNADOES TAKE ON VARIOUS SHAPES
AND SIZES...AND MOST PRODUCE WINDS LESS THAN 120 MPH. HOWEVER...A
FEW ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 200 MPH. SOME ARE VERY SMALL
AND LAST FOR ONLY A MINUTE OR SO...WHILE OTHERS CAN BE A MILE OR TWO
WIDE AND STAY ON THE GROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR.

IN NEBRASKA...THERE WERE 49 TORNADOES REPORTED IN 2013...WHICH ARE 5
BELOW THE 30 YEAR AVERAGE OF 54 TORNADOES. THERE WERE 17 INJURIES
AND NO DEATHS REPORTED.  THE FIRST TORNADO OF THE YEAR TOUCHED DOWN
ON MARCH 19TH NEAR SHELTON IN BUFFALO COUNTY...AND THE LAST TORNADO
OF THE YEAR TOUCHED DOWN ON OCTOBER 4TH...IN DAKOTA COUNTY NEAR
WILLIS. THE BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR FOR TORNADOES WAS MAY...WITH
23 TORNADOES...AND THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR WAS MAY 29TH...WITH
10 TORNADOES CONFIRMED.

REMEMBER THAT IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED...OR YOU SEE A TORNADO
APPROACHING...YOU NEED TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. TORNADOES CAN
SOMETIMES STRIKE WITH LITTLE OR NO WARNING...SO IT IS IMPORTANT NOT
TO WASTE TIME WHEN SEEKING SHELTER.

WHEN TAKING COVER...A BASEMENT OR UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS YOUR BEST
OPTION. IF POSSIBLE...GET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY LIKE A TABLE OR
WORK BENCH. IF AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS NOT AVAILABLE...TAKE COVER
NEAR THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE ON THE LOWEST FLOOR...IN A CLOSET OR A
BATHROOM. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.  COVER UP WITH BLANKETS OR PILLOWS
TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

IF INSIDE A VEHICLE...MOBILE HOME...OR IN OPEN COUNTRY...LEAVE
IMMEDIATELY AND GET TO THE NEAREST REINFORCED SHELTER. IF NONE IS
AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW LYING AREA
AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR ARMS.

WHEN INSIDE SCHOOLS...MALLS...HOSPITALS...OR OTHER PUBLIC
BUILDINGS...MOVE QUICKLY TO THE DESIGNATED SHELTER. ALWAYS STAY
INDOORS..AND GO TO INTERIOR HALLWAYS OR SMALL ROOMS ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR POSSIBLE FOR PROTECTION. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. DO NOT STAY
IN LARGE ROOMS SUCH AS AUDITORIUMS OR GYMNASIUMS...AS ROOMS WITH
LARGE FREE SPAN ROOFS ARE VULNERABLE TO TORNADIC WINDS.

ANYTIME THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER EXISTS...STAY UPDATED ON THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BY GOING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEB SITE...WWW.WEATHER.GOV...OR BY TUNING IN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO
ALL HAZARDS...OR YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION AND RADIO STATION. MAKE SURE
TO WATCH FOR SIGNS FOR APPROACHING STORMS AND MOVE TO YOUR SAFE
SHELTER.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CAN BE FOUND
AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NORTHPLATTE.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION PLEASE
CONTACT:

TERESA KECK
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
TERESA.KECK@NOAA.GOV







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