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Severe Weather Preparedness Week concludes

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The best places to seek shelter while under a tornado warning are interior rooms such as closets or bathrooms and the basement or storm shelters.
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If you are anywhere outside and hear thunder, head indoors immediately, especially while swimming.
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While large hail is rare, it can be incredibly damaging.
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Wind can be incredibly damaging, as shown by the 2020 Iowa Derecho.
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Never drive through flooded roadways.
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Know the difference between a Watch and a Warning. This goes for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash flooding.

QUINCY (WGEM) -- Severe weather preparedness week has finally come to an end in the states of Illinois and Missouri. The week had five daily themes. Monday's theme was overall preparation. Tuesday's theme was tornado safety. Wednesday's theme was lightning safety. Thursday's theme was severe thunderstorm safety (wind and hail). Friday's theme was flooding safety.

In case you missed the daily reports, below are some safety tips along with some images in a slideshow above. It is important to be ready for severe weather year round, but especially in the Spring and Summer months.

Tornado Safety

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of your building (A basement or storm shelter is best).
  • Do not seek shelter underneath highway overpasses.
  • If in a car or mobile home, try to find the nearest sturdy shelter available.
  • Do not rely just upon tornado sirens. Have multiple ways to receive a warning and stay aware on days where severe weather is possible.

Lightning Safety

  • When thunder roars, head indoors.
  • If you hear thunder but did not see the lightning, you are still close enough to be struck.
  • Seek shelter in an enclosed structure away from windows.
  • Do not seek shelter from lightning underneath trees.

Severe Thunderstorm Safety

  • During a large windstorm, seek shelter inside a sturdy structure away from tall trees if possible.
  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts if traveling so you are aware of a potential storm threat.
  • Severe thunderstorm warnings should be taken seriously, as some thunderstorms can produce just as severe damage as tornadoes can.

Flooding Safety

  • Never drive through flooded waters. Turn around, don't drown.
  • If you live along a major river, monitor river forecasts on air and know at which river stages your property is at risk.
  • If you live along a creek or smaller flash flood prone body of water, be aware of evolving weather conditions.
  • Flooding kills more people than any other thunderstorm related hazard, and should be taken seriously.
  • Only one to two feet of rushing water can move most vehicles, including trucks.
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