Severe Weather Preparedness Week Underway

For those of you living in Illinois, severe weather prep week is well underway. Here's what you need to know.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 6:58 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - While it may not feel like it right now, spring is just around the corner.

And once it's here, we'll start to trade our snow showers for thunderstorms, and even tornadoes.

"On average, we average around twenty, to 24 tornadoes per year. So just by law of average, I think we're gonna have more than last year, so we're expecting a more active year than we had last year, so that means you need to be prepared."

That's Meteorologist Jason Puma from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

"One key ingredient in keeping yourself and your family safe is having multiple ways of receiving warning information."

Getting those reports can come in a variety of different ways.

Storm Team 10 is always here on air and online.

There's also our storm team 10 app, which you can set to get alerts for your specific location.

But beyond that, you can also follow social media, along with buying yourself a weather radio.

However, Puma says the real value of severe weather prep week is making sure you have a plan in place.

"So when you hear from your local media that the national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning for your area, that's the time to take action. Put your plan into effect, and get to a basement, or get to the most interior room on the lowest floor of your house."

Over the next few weeks, Storm Team 10 will bring you more reports on severe weather preparedness weeks.

That's for both Illinois and Indiana.

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