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Tornado north of Hyannis in far southwest Cherry County.

The National Weather Service in Nebraska conducts their annual test tornado watch and warning at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, during Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The test tornado watch will be issued at 10 a.m. CDT. The test warning will be at 10:30 a.m.

The warnings will play on every NOAA Weather Radio transmitter.

Severe weather, including tornadoes, is most likely in the months of April-July, according to weather service records.

Do you & your family know what to do if a tornado threatens? It’s a good time to practice your plan of action, the weather service says.

Know Your Risk

Tornadoes, large hail, damaging thunderstorm winds, floods and lightning can be deadly for the unprepared. Knowing the weather related risks posed to you is the first step in becoming Weather-Ready.


Take Action

You should prepare for the hazards of severe weather season by knowing you are not powerless. You should devise a tornado drill plan for you, your family or your business. You should know what to do if lightning is in the area or flooding becomes threatening. With the hazard potential on the Plains, you should know what to do for each situation and be ready to “take action” if need be. It may save your life and those around you.

Be a Force of Nature

Be an example. Share your preparedness success story by posting on Facebook/Twitter or helping build an online community of the prepared. Look for ways to assist at work or in your community to help your family, neighbors, co-workers, and entire community prepare.


Be Ready Year Round

• Know the risk for your area. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day, any day of the year.

• Have a NOAA Weather Radio and battery back-up to receive warnings.

• Have a plan of action BEFORE severe weather threatens. You need to respond quickly when a warning is issued or a tornado is spotted.



• Know how your community sends warnings. Some have outdoor sirens, others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents.

• Pick a tornado safe room in your home such as a basement, cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Make sure all members of your family know to go there. If time allows, get your pets.

• Conduct a tornado drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.

• Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place.


During a Tornado…

• Take shelter immediately! Remember that occasionally tornadoes can develop so quickly that advance warning is not possible. Stay alert when threatening weather is in your area!

• Get to an underground shelter, basement or safe room.

• Mobile homes are not safe! Abandon them immediately and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/29/2017
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