TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Severe weather season is well underway and the first real event is expected to be Wednesday night. Before storms hit, officials said you need to have a game plan.
"We're looking at a line of storms, some pockets of damaging straight-line winds, and the potential of an isolated, brief, weak tornado or two," said Chad Evans, News 18's Chief Meteorologist.
It's not a pretty forecast for the News 18 viewing area late Wednesday night. It's the first severe weather event this spring.
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Emergency management officials said it's important to know when severe weather is on its way before it's too late.
"Human nature is for people to go outside and look or look out the window, that type of thing. In the daytime, you might get away with that, but certainly, after the sun sets and it's dark, the only way to really see that is by radar, " said Smokey Anderson, Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Director.
Anderson said before the storm hits, have a game plan prepared. He said make sure your family knows the safe spots.
"You want to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you think the storm itself is approaching your house, you should absolutely seek the lowest level. If you have a basement, get in the basement. If not, get to the lowest level of the structure in an interior room or a closet, typically a bathroom," Anderson explained.
Anderson said all the warning sirens in Tippecanoe County were tested two weeks ago during Severe Weather Preparedness Week. But with a foot of snow falling two weeks ago and cooler temperatures lingering into April, some people may have not been alarmed by the sirens that usually go off in the springtime.
"I think a lot of people were still in winter mode. Well this week, it's much warmer, it's been in the 70s. Today (Tuesday), we hit 80 degrees. So, this is the sign that we are getting into severe weather season, it's warming up. We had thunder and lightning last night (Monday), so I think now's kind of a good time to review the plan," said Evans.
Evans said over the past 50-70 years, the month of April sees the most violent storms and tornadoes because of the winter air mixing with the warming ground. He said that's something to keep in mind as we move into the first half of severe weather season.
Evans said the weather is supposed to start around 10 p.m. Wednesday night and end around 3 a.m. Thursday. He and Anderson said before you go to bed, make sure you're aware of the weather moving in so you can wake up easily and get to a safe place.
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