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May 21, 2013

City issues statement concerning potential for severe weather

GREENVILLE — Greenville Fire-Rescue Chief Doug Caison released the following information today concerning the potential for severe weather in the area later this afternoon:

Today, the National Weather Service out of Fort Worth is predicting that conditions are right in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area for strong to severe storms to develop this afternoon into the evening hours as the storms move across from the NW to the SE.  These storms have the potential to produce very high winds and large, damaging hail.  There is also a potential for tornadoes to develop.

Citizens should tune to a news or radio station that is broadcasting severe weather updates until safe conditions are restored.  You are encouraged to utilize a NOAA Weather Radio for use at home and work and/or sign up for to a weather alert system. 

With a population of nearly 27,000 residents, Greenville has no public/community storm shelters.  Experts generally recommend that if an underground shelter or basement is not available, you should move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of your home or business, as far away from exterior walls and windows as possible.  Lower-level, interior bathrooms provide the best protection if no basement is available, as the plumbing provides additional sturdiness to the walls.  Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car – leave it immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building.  During severe weather, it is recommended that you abandon your mobile home or metal building (if this is your place of business).  If you are caught outdoors and are absolutely unable to make it to a sturdy building, get out of your vehicle, find the lowest-lying area (ditch, ravine, etc.), lay flat on your stomach and cover your head with your hands.

As always, the City of Greenville urges residents to be informed and prepared before severe weather strikes.  Take time to designate a shelter area in your home or place of business, and go there during severe weather events.  Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible, so please remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado, seek shelter and watch out for flying debris.  Always maintain awareness of what meteorologists are broadcasting with regards to storm tracking, including issued watches and warnings.

For more information about severe weather and other potential hazards, please visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.knowhat2do.com" www.knowhat2do.com.

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