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Overnight Storm Preparedness

18 Mar 2020, 5:11 am

Severe weather can happen any time of day & when the threat is while you are sleeping, the danger significantly increases.

Studies show that nighttime tornadoes are two and a half times more likely to kill than their daytime counterparts.

“Overnight severe weather is a very precarious situation if folks aren’t prepared for it or if they are not anticipating it,” said Matt Hemingway, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, LA.

Severe storms can come in the form of large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes, and when it is after dark you may not see the storm coming until it’s too late.

With limited spotter contributions and fewer reports of ground truth, it makes it more difficult for meteorologists to get a clear picture of the situation.

It’s extremely important to make sure you are prepared ahead of the storm, starting with a way to get warnings.

“Cell phones you get those wireless emergency alerts but also a NOAA Weather Radio is still a tool that is valuable to have especially during this nighttime events,” Hemingway said.  “It will alert you & the alarm will wake you up most likely.”

Make sure you have a plan in place of where to shelter during a tornado warning, and even an alternate location to spend the night if you live in a mobile home or in a structure where you do not feel safe.

We will always keep you informed here on WeatherNation whenever severe weather strikes.

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  She's been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern California, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in t... Load Morehe Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith co-chairs the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished reporter, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane!

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