Ways you can prepare for severe weather in Upstate

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ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – There is a chance for severe weather here in the Upstate South Carolina Thursday morning and 7 News wants to make sure you’re prepared.

The SC Emergency Management Division advises people to plan ahead in case of a tornado and thunderstorms by being alert to changing weather conditions and taking the following precautions:

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information.
  • Look for approaching storms.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage. Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • “If thunder roars, go indoors.” No place outside is safe when lightning is in the area.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train

 If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.

  • Get indoors to a pre-designated shelter area such as a basement, storm cellar or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Shutter windows and outside doors.
  • If in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter.
  • If unable to get indoors, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of potential flooding and flying debris.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.

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