Severe Weather Awareness Week

Mar 24, 2014

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Nebraska and Iowa, and officials say it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming season.

A statewide tornado drill will be held Wednesday at 10am. The week also focuses on the dangers of floods and lightning.

Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Omaha, says severe weather can happen any time of the year.

"Even though we’re getting in to the peak season, you can still have severe weather any time of the year. If the conditions are right, you can have a tornado. We’ve had tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa in almost every month."

Smith says you should know what a tornado watch and warning mean, and what to do when those are issued. He says on average, you have about 12 minutes of lead time when a tornado warning is issued.

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