DARKNESS ADDS DANGER TO ONGOING SEVERE WEATHER
Now Is the Time to Ensure Your NOAA Weather Radio is Operating
March 1, 2007 — Tornadoes, large hail and destructive thunderstorm winds will remain a threat in parts of the Southeast
and possibly even the mid-Atlantic through Thursday evening and during the overnight hours—long after the sun sets.
NOAA meteorologists warn that tornadoes can blend into the darkness, and those going to sleep may not be aware of impending severe
weather as to seek adequate shelter. (Click NOAA image for larger view of NOAA Storm Prediction Center severe weather
outlook as of 4:14 p.m. EST on March 1, 2007. Click here to see latest outlook. Please credit “NOAA.”)
Tornado Warnings will be issued by local offices of the NOAA
National Weather Service when a tornado is indicated on Doppler radar or by trained storm spotters or law enforcement officials.
The amount of advance warning will vary by storm but can be as short as a few minutes in instances of developing tornadoes.
All warnings will be broadcast via NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards in addition to local radio and television outlets and Internet, such as the NOAA National Weather Service.
NOAA Weather Radio is especially beneficial at night since it
will sound an awaking tone when a warning is issued and alert listeners to the potentially life-saving warning issued by the
NOAA National Weather Service providing critical time to react.
Broadcasts of tornado warnings, flood warnings, AMBER Alerts
for child abductions, chemical spill messages and many other notifications, in addition to routine weather observations and
forecasts, make NOAA Weather Radio an essential item for every home, business and public area. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards
receivers are available at many electronic retailers.
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Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Storm Prediction Center
NOAA National Weather Service
NOAA Storm Watch
NOAA Weather Portal
Dennis Feltgen, NOAA National Weather Service, (301) 713-0622