The Edmond Sun

April 1, 2014

NWS: Edmond’s forecast includes tornado chances

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond’s forecast includes conditions capable of producing   severe weather including large hail, damaging wind gusts and a chance for an isolated tornado.

Even though only a few storms may form, severe weather chances increase Wednesday afternoon and evening for locations in the region including Logan, Oklahoma and Cleveland counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Edmond’s high Wednesday will be in the low 80s. Winds will be stout, with 16-20 mph winds out of the south and gusts up to 28 mph, the weather service forecasts.

Very large hail and damaging wind gusts will accompany any storm that does develop, along with a threat for tornadoes.

Storms that manage to develop may weaken after sunset. Severe weather chances may continue late Wednesday night into early Thursday mainly along and east of Interstate 35 as a mid- to upper-level trough approaches.

Thunderstorm chances will return to the area Saturday night through Sunday night, but severe storms appear unlikely during this timeframe.

Edmond’s weekend forecast includes highs Saturday in the mid-60s with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday night, a 30 percent chance Sunday and a 20 percent chance Sunday night.



RED CROSS TORNADO APP

Local television stations and the American Red Cross offer their own weather apps.

The Red Cross app features include instructions that help users know what to do even if cell towers and TVs are down. Prioritized actions for before, during and after a storm require no mobile activity. Preloaded content means users have instant access to all safety information any time.

It features an audible siren that automatically goes off even if the app is closed when NOAA issues a tornado warning, helping reduce the risk of sleeping through an actual warning.

The Red Cross Tornado App is available for download on iPhone and Android devices. Text “**REDCROSS” (**73327677) and the Red Cross will send you a link to download the app to your phone or you can download them directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Other options for weather information include a NOAA Weather Radio, which broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are available for purchase at many retail outlets such as electronics, department, sporting goods and boat and marine accessory stores.



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