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Severe Weather Takes the Spotlight in March

March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month

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.

Safety Tips

  • 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.

More is at or contact St. Charles Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Chmura at 630.762.7091 or

updated Feb 22, 2021