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Severe Weather Awareness Week

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(04/09/13) - It's Severe Weather Awareness Week across the state.

By this time last year, hail, high wind and several twisters had already caused damage right here in Mid-Michigan. The time to prepare is now, while our weather is fairly quiet and before the sky turns threatening.
   
Severe weather may be common in the spring and summer months across Mid-Michigan. The way residents handle it is as varied as the weather itself.

"I just can't deal with it. I'm just going to stay in the house and try to keep safe," said Flint resident Shanese Timmons.

"I go outside to the garage and look for severe weather to come. That way I can warn my family if I see anything," said Lennon resident Herman Burton.

The infamous Beecher Tornado killed 116 people back in 1953, but, severe weather can take other forms - like last May's flash flood across Genesee and Shiawassee Counties. Four to seven inches of rain fell in just hours, flooding homes and closing roads. Many residents were caught off-guard, which is why it's so important to have a plan of action, as well as multiple ways of getting severe weather alerts.

NOAA All Hazards Weather Radios are still a vital way to get emergency weather information, especially if you're asleep or if the power goes out, thanks to battery back-up systems. Some models even have a USB port to recharge your phone in the event the power goes out. Many cell phone carriers now provide a service which automatically alerts you when Tornado, Flash Flood and Blizzard Warnings are issued by the National Weather Service.

Weather apps are also a good way to get necessary weather information, including severe weather warnings. "There are programs in Android and Apple alike, Accu-Weather and Weather Bug Elite. There are paid ones and free ones, offering many versatile options for you to keep track of all that," said Sprint Retail Consultant Jason Fleury.

A tornado safety frill is planned for schools across the state Wednesday at 1 p.m. so, don't be surprised if you hear sirens go off in your area for a minute or two.

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