Friday, April 9, 2010

Thunder and lightning

Posted by on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM

City: Tornado bad.
  • City: Tornado bad.

The city has sent out an urgent alert to everyone in Colorado Springs: Watch out people, because this summer, there might be a thunderstorm.

The city wants you to know that if lightning and thunder and rain start spewing from the sky, you should (and I'm seriously not making this up) go inside.

"Colorado Springs’ most common natural hazard is severe weather," the press release notes. "As weather warms, powerful thunderstorms can produce lightning, heavy rain, strong winds, hail, flash flooding and even tornadoes. A typical storm is 15 miles in diameter, and lasts approximately 30 minutes. When these storms appear citizens should seek shelter in sturdy buildings or hardtop vehicles until the storms pass."

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

The city also warns that severe weather can cause dangerous flash flooding, so you should stay the hell away from water sources when its raining.

Thank God they've warned us! I always thought I should jump into a raging river during a flash flood.

OK, let's take a break from making fun of the city.

There are a few weather-related dangers worth warning you about. The city notes that you should plan ahead for tornado season by setting aside a safe place in your house to hide from a potential twister, create an emergency supply kit, and arrange an emergency communication system.

If you want to know more about preparing for severe weather you can pick up a 71-page guide at the following locations:

City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.

City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., First Floor
Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway

Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.

Police Department: Falcon Substation, 7850 Goddard St.; Gold Hill Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.; Sand Creek Substation, 4125 Center Park Drive; Stetson Hills Substation, 4110 Tutt Blvd.

If you want to learn how to spot a storm, you can attend the following training session:

The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the National Weather Service, is offering Severe Weather Awareness and Spotter Training on Tuesday, April 14th. The free training will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Stetson Hills Police Substation, 4110 Tutt Blvd. Those interested must RSVP by contacting thomas.magnuson@noaa.gov.

For more information, please contact the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management at (719) 385-5957.

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