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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Severe Storms

Day 2 of Severe Weather Awareness Week 2019
Posted at 9:55 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 22:55:47-04

Severe Weather Awareness Week continued Tuesday, with a focus on severe storms.

A severe storm must have one of two things, large hail or strong winds. Hail must be estimated at one inch in diameter, or the size of a quarter. Winds must be 58 mph or stronger to reach severe levels.

When sheltering from a non-severe storm, go inside and stay away from windows. For a severe storm, it's best to shelter in your safe room or safe place at home.

While we will have teams of photographers and reporters spread across the region when severe weather strikes, we can't be everywhere at once. You can help by being our eyes and ears in your hometown by sending us storm reports, pictures, or videos. First, wait until the storm has passed and it is safe to be outside. Before you snap a picture or video with your phone or tablet, turn it on its side so the pictures fit the TV better.

When grabbing a picture of hail, try to put a ruler, coin, or golf ball next to the hail for size comparison.

You can send your reports to our Facebook and Twitter pages or send them to by email.