Soon we will start to see severe storms. It’s a good idea to know what to do before the weather turns bad. A couple of terms that are important to know:
Severe Weather Watch – A Severe Thunderstorm Watch or a Tornado Watch means severe weather is possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning is issued.
Severe Weather Warning – A Severe Thunderstorm Warning or a Tornado Warning means a severe thunderstorm or a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated on radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. The St. Charles Emergency Management Agency uses a combination of both trained severe weather spotters as well as radar monitoring in the City’s Emergency Operations Center.
- Listen for the City’s outside warning sirens for a tornado warning.
- Pick a safe place in your home to gather during a thunderstorm away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could break by strong winds or hail.
- Don’t drive through a flooded area. Your vehicle could get stuck or swept away.
- Don’t walk through flowing water. Six inches of flowing water can knock you off your feet.
- Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts and storm drains. Flood waters can carry dangerous items and may suck smaller people into culverts or drains.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires, and turn off your power before it floods. Do not touch any electrical devices if you are wet or standing in water.