Updated: Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 4:53 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 29 Mar 2001, 4:47 PM EST
Spring is the time to put away our snow shovels and begin thinking about severe weather. Thunderstorms can breed high winds, large hail and even tornados.
The latest technology gives Storm Team 8 meteorologists the edge when predicting when and where severe weather will strike. It also allows us to issue warnings much earlier.
In the Storm Team 8 Data Center we have a direct computer interface with the National Weather Service that will instantly and automatically display severe weather watches and warnings on WOOD TV8.
If you're not near your television, our exclusive Weather Warn email system will send you an e-mail when the weather becomes threatening. Or, you can get an SMS alert sent to your mobile device in times of severe weather.
NOAA Weather Radios are another good way to protect yourself. When the National Weather Service issues a severe weather watch or warning these radios sound an alarm. You'll then hear a voice giving information on which direction the storm is moving. You can purchase these radios at many local electronic stores.
Now that you have a warning, it's time to act. Make sure your family has a severe weather action plan.
Everyone should know the "safe spot" in your home. This is especially important for children, who may be home alone when severe weather threatens.
Trust Storm Team 8 to provide you with accurate, timely warnings during this severe weather season. But it's up to you to plan ahead. Make sure everyone in the home knows what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes. Practice your plan with your family.