Thunderstorms capable of causing dangerous weather conditions will hit Missouri tomorrow evening, according to the National Weather Service. "A cold front will arrive Wednesday night, bringing chances for some strong thunderstorms, with damaging winds as the main threat."
As you can see from the maps below, Missouri is forecast to receive thunderstorms this week:
Since strong winds are forecast in several regions of Missouri by the National Weather Service, it's a good idea to reduce the chance of damage occurring to your property. "Your roof is your first line of defense in a high wind event," according to FEMA (a government agency). "Re-adhere any loose shingles and consider impact-resistant shingles when installing a roof. Install roof strappings to anchor the roof framing to the wall framings so the wind can't lift your roof off your house."
Strong winds can blow down trees and branches. Therefore, you should ensure that any damaged trees on your property are pruned regularly. The base of any tree should be at least a full-grown tree's height away from your residence, which is normally about 40 feet, per FEMA.
Lightning, hail, and heavy rain can be extremely hazardous during a thunderstorm. So, if a thunderstorm arrives in your town, get indoors as soon as possible. It's also worth mentioning that trees and power lines can be blown down during a thunderstorm by strong winds. Therefore, you should stay inside until the storm has passed and there is no longer a threat to your safety.
The CDC recommends keeping an emergency supply kit at home, so you're prepared for hazardous weather conditions. It should include:
- Water–one gallon per person, per day
- Food (enough to last three days)
- Radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Cell phone with chargers
- Personal documents
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Manual can opener
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