Moderate Risk: Red
Slight Risk: Yellow
If you live in the red or yellow zone expect a good chance for severe storms today and into tonight. Know anyone that lives in that zone? Call them and tell them to pay attention to the weather today and to have multiple ways of getting warnings.
10% tornado risk in yellow, some could be strong. Strong possibility of a tornado or tornadoes today in Nebraska.
1. Widespread winds in excess of 70 mph
2. Very large hail
4. Flash flooding
OMAHA: Greatest threat between 6pm-11pm
LINCOLN: Greatest threat between 5pm-10pm
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
What to Do During a Tornado
- The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
- If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
̶ Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
̶ Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.
- If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
- Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
- Do not wait until you see the tornado.
- Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
- If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
̶ Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
̶ If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
- Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
Thinking of my old stopping grounds today and praying everyone is safe. I'll be keeping an eye on the weather and will post social media updates later when things get stormy.
-Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist
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