Severe Weather & Tornado Preparedness
Severe storms can happen any time of the year. The Hazelwood Fire Department would like to remind residents of the following weather warnings and actions that should be taken. We encourage everyone to have a weather radio in your home and office. Weather radios can be used for early warnings related to these hazardous weather conditions.
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Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. A severe thunderstorm contains large damaging hail of 1 inch diameter or larger, and/or damaging winds greater than 58 mph or greater. Isolated tornadoes are also possible but not expected to be the dominant severe weather event. These watches are issued for large areas by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, and are usually valid for five to eight hours.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm is indicated by Doppler weather radar or sighted by Skywarn spotters. A severe thunderstorm contains large damaging hail of 1 inch in diameter or larger, and/or damaging winds of 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater. Take cover in a building and listen for further information on local radio or television and listen to weather radio.
Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in and close to the watch area. These watches are issued for large areas by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, and are usually valid for five to eight hours. A Tornado Watch means watch the sky!
Strong rotation in a thunderstorm is indicated by Doppler weather radar or a tornado is sighted by Skywarn spotters. A Tornado Warning means seek shelter immediately! Go to an interior room with NO windows on the lowest possible floor. If you are at school or work DO NOT GO to a cafeteria, gymnasium or large interior open space because the roof might collapse. LEAVE MOBILE HOMES IMMEDIATELY -- seek shelter in a nearby building or in a ditch.
During a thunderstorm, low-lying areas are prone to flash flooding and having water on the road. Never drive into water on the road. If your car stalls, get out of your car immediately and seek higher ground. It takes less than two feet of water to make your car float. Once floating downstream, your car can overturn trapping you inside.