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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 7:00 AM CDT on April 24, 2014


... Severe weather awareness week in Minnesota and Wisconsin...

This is severe weather awareness week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A
tornado drill is expected to be held today... Thursday April
24th... between 1 and 2 PM. A test watch will be issued around 1 PM
and the La Crosse National Weather Service will issue a mock Tornado
Warning at 145 PM. A second tornado drill will be held in Minnesota
at 655 PM with the La Crosse National Weather Service issuing a mock
Tornado Warning at that time. If severe weather develops... the
drill will be pushed back to tomorrow... but at this point severe
weather is not looking likely.

The topic today is severe thunderstorms.

A severe thunderstorm is defined as one that produces a tornado...
hail 1 inch in diameter or larger... or wind gusts of 58 mph. But
thunderstorms can also produce deadly lightning and flash flooding.

Hail can produce extensive property or agricultural damage if large
enough. Warning are issued when hail stones are expected to reach
the size of a quarter... or about 1 inch. You should always move
indoors and stay away from windows when warnings are issued for
large hail.

Strong winds from thunderstorms can knock down trees... barns...
outbuilds... carports... power lines... sheds and damage roofs. Like
large hail... you should move indoors and stay away from windows.
When camping in a wooded area... be alert for strong winds and
the potential for falling trees near your campsite.

Lightning kills on average 55 to 60 people per year across the
United States. These incidents occur when people are doing
relatively simple outdoor activities so simply move indoors when
storms approach. Usually when you hear thunder... you are potentially
close enough to get struck.



Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory
Alaska - Areal Flood Warning , Record Report
Arizona - Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Watch , Special Statement
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory
California - Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Fire Weather Watch , Special Statement
Colorado - Freeze Warning , Fire Weather Watch , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Freeze Watch , Fire Weather Warning
Delaware - Fire Weather Warning
Florida - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement
Georgia - Flood Warning
Idaho - Record Report
Illinois - Flood Warning
Indiana - Public Information Statement
Iowa - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Kansas - Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Special Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory
Maine - Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Maryland - Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement
Massachusetts - Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement
Michigan - Flood Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
Minnesota - Flood Warning , Flood Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Mississippi - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory
Montana - Lake Wind Advisory , Record Report
Nebraska - Fire Weather Warning , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Lake Wind Advisory , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Watch , Fire Weather Watch
New Hampshire - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
New Jersey - Freeze Watch , Fire Weather Warning
New Mexico - Fire Weather Watch
New York - Flood Warning , Freeze Watch , Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement
North Carolina - Flood Advisory
North Dakota - Flood Warning , Record Report
Ohio - Special Statement
Oklahoma - High Wind Advisory , Special Statement
Oregon - Wind Advisory , Avalanche Warning , Record Report
Pennsylvania - Fire Weather Warning
Rhode Island - Special Statement
South Carolina - Flood Warning
South Dakota - Fire Weather Warning , Public Information Statement
Texas - High Wind Advisory , Lake Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Watch
Utah - Special Statement , Record Report
Vermont - Flood Warning , Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement
Virginia - Special Statement
Washington - Areal Flood Warning , Avalanche Warning , Record Report
West Virginia - Freeze Warning
Wisconsin - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - Public Information Statement