A powerful weather system is expect to impact Minneapolis most of the week. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a strong storm Tuesday through Friday. High winds are expected, with winds gust up to 45-55 MPH. There is even a risk for tornados in the state. This system is expect to bring a wintery mix after the severe weather. It is quite the rollercoaster of weather. In Minnesota, we need to be prepared for the changes in the seasons and so do our homes.
High winds can cause all types of issues. NWS has a great youtube video on the threats that high winds can cause. Immediately take shelter if you are outside during severe weather.
Take a moment to review NWS's safety guidelines for high winds, thunderstorms and severe weather (https://www.weather.gov/safety...). Below are some tips from the National Weather Service on how to stay safe.
- Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.
- Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents to severe storms.
- Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Get more ideas for a plan at: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind or large hail is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when severe thunderstorm warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.
- Prepare Your Home : Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house. If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, close windows and doors, and move any valuable objects inside or under a sturdy structure.
- Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during severe weather.