NC Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina is March 5 - 11, 2023. The City of Statesville urges residents to plan now for potential severe weather.
During the spring and summer, North Carolina often experiences thunderstorms associated with the passage of cold and warm fronts as storms developing along the frontal line and can impact all parts of the state. These thunderstorms can bring strong winds and intense rain that can lead to localized flash flooding.
The typical peak tornado season in North Carolina runs from March through May, though tornadoes can occur at any time of year. Although North Carolina has fewer tornadoes than the Midwest, the state still sees an average of 31 tornadoes a year.
Emergency officials recommend residents use and know the following safety tips:
- Tornado WATCH: A tornado is possible. Tornado WARNING: A tornado has been spotted; take shelter immediately.
- Know where the nearest safe room is in your home or workplace and go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado. Rooms such as a basement or interior room and away from windows are best.
- If driving, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.
- If you are outdoors, and there is no shelter available, take cover in a low-lying flat area. Watch out for flying debris.
- Following a storm, you will want to wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and gloves when walking on or near debris. Be aware of exposed nails and broken glass.
- Be Aware: Damaged power or gas lines and electrical systems may cause fires, electrocution or explosions.
- Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather.
- Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don't forget pets if time allows.
We encourage residents to participate in the NC Annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 9:30a. Read more here.
Thunderstorms and tornadoes are not the only severe weather risks. The National Weather Service offers many Safety and Preparedness Tips for all types of severe weather and hazards such as cold, fog, wind, winter weather and more. Learn more at: National Weather Service Safety and Preparedness Tips
About the City of Statesville:
The City of Statesville is truly a diverse community that welcomes new people, new voices and ideas, new industry, and business. We have already made significant investments in our downtown amenities, our business sector, our schools, our infrastructure, and more is on the horizon. We are creating a dynamic future for ourselves as we build on our successful history and the positive energy we experience today, all the while incorporating the values and quality of life that we cherish. To learn more visit www.statesvillenc.net.