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Severe weather possible through noon Saturday

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Severe thunderstorms producing damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are possible through around noon today as a cold front pushes southeast through the region.

Although much of the central U.S. experienced extreme and destructive storms, the NWS advises only a slight risk of tornadoes, hail and damaging winds for our area. Prepare for potential power outages and shelter your pets.

This powerful band of storms has produced at least 19 tornadoes, with reports of widespread damage across five states and as many as 50 likely killed in Kentucky alone.

According to Raws Alerts, a tornado that started in northeast Arkansas late Friday may have been the longest in history at over 235 miles.

 

The Guinness World Record for the longest tornado is currently credited to the 218-mile path left across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana in 1925.  It was also the deadliest in history, with 695 people killed.

In the event of a tornado

  • Seek shelter in the most interior room and away from windows.
  • Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe; if you are unable to make it safe shelter,
    • either get down in your car and cover your head, or
    • abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such a ditch or ravine.

 

 

 

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