Large Area of Severe Weather Will Span 3 Climate Regions Today

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The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a large area of strong thunderstorms spanning 3 climate regions that could bring severe weather to the upper midwest, the Ohio Valley, and the northeast today; plus, getting prepared for severe weather – what you need to know.

Half the country will see thunderstorms today, severe in 3 climate regions

Thunderstorms will span from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast today affecting half of the country.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of potentially severe thunderstorms across 3 climate regions of the upper midwest, Ohio Valley, and the northeast today.

Severe weather is possible in east-central Illinois, northern and southern Michigan, southern Wisconsin, throughout Indiana and Ohio, Northern Kentucky, throughout West Virginia, western and southern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and throughout Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Storm warning for the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley

The main impact of the storms is anticipated for the evening hours as a cold front moves in setting the stage for a potential severe weather outbreak.

The main threats are heavy rain, damaging winds with gusts between 60-70 mph, large hail up to 2 inches, and potentially isolated tornadoes.

Storm warning for the Northeast

The strongest storms are anticipated to strike in the afternoon, where daytime heat could make them more intense. The severe weather threat includes heavy rain and strong, damaging winds.

Another severe weather threat brings another chance of strong storms between midnight Tuesday and sunrise Wednesday.

Be prepared for severe weather

The most important thing anyone living in areas that can be affected by severe weather is to begin getting prepared now.

The most important items you need to have on hand is a fully charged cell phone, a weather radio and a 3-day supply of fresh water and food.

When it comes to a cell phone, make sure you have the best cellular phone deal, as well as a spare battery backup charger for your phone. Make sure your weather radio is battery-powered or hand-cranked, and make sure you have fresh and/or replacement batteries available.

Develop a family emergency plan that includes an evacuation plan and a designated safe space. If everyone could possibly be separated when severe weather strikes, have a family communications strategy.

Make sure that every member of your family has a cell phone, look for the best cellular phone deal that will supply every member of your family with a phone.

Prepare an emergency kit that contains at least a 3 day supply of food and water, a weather radio for updates to know what the storm is doing and its proximity to your location.

Your emergency kit should also include a flashlight, vital medications, a first aid kit, as well as food and water for your pets if you have any.

Get additional information about how to be prepared from these US government articles on preparedness at:

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