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Severe Weather Could Hit Columbus: Here’s How To Prepare

As severe weather looms over Central Ohio, it’s crucial for residents to prepare adequately to ensure their safety and minimize potential damage.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, along with a flood watch in effect through Tuesday evening, April 2, 2024. Here’s what you need to know and do to stay safe.

Understanding the Risks:

  • Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop, bringing with them the potential for damaging winds, large hail, and even tornadoes.
  • Excessive rainfall from these storms could lead to flash flooding, particularly in low-lying and flood-prone areas.
  • It’s essential to stay informed about weather updates and heed any warnings or alerts issued by local authorities and the National Weather Service.
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    Preparing Your Home:

  • Secure loose outdoor items such as patio furniture, trash cans, and decorations to prevent them from becoming projectiles in strong winds.
  • Check your sump pump to ensure it’s working correctly, especially if you have a basement prone to flooding.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your property to minimize the risk of branches falling onto your home during high winds.
  • Creating a Family Emergency Plan:

  • Discuss with your family members what to do in the event of severe weather, including where to seek shelter and how to stay in contact if separated.
  • Designate a safe room in your home, preferably in the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor, away from windows.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and any necessary medications.
  • Staying Informed:

  • Keep a battery-powered weather radio or download a reliable weather app on your smartphone to receive real-time updates and alerts.
  • Follow local news stations and meteorologists on social media for additional information and safety tips.
  • Be prepared to act quickly if a tornado warning is issued for your area, seeking shelter in the designated safe room or a sturdy building if you’re outdoors.
  • Taking Action During a Flood Watch:

  • Monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to evacuate if flooding becomes imminent in your area.
  • Avoid driving through flooded roadways, as it’s challenging to gauge the depth of the water, and your vehicle could become trapped or swept away.
  • Move valuable belongings to higher ground and take steps to protect your property from water damage if flooding occurs.
  • By taking these precautions and staying informed, you can better protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property during severe weather events. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and take proactive measures to stay safe.

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