Marion, Ohio – As Tornado Week comes to an end, we want to thank you, our followers, for an amazing week of fun and knowledge. We are pleased to announce that Tornado Week 2019 will be held the week of March 11, 2019. We will again be providing you with the information to protect you and your family inside any type of storm. So let us get into today’s final topic for Tornado Week: Signs and Slogans.
The National Weather Service always seems to amaze the Nation with awesome slogans to captivate everyone at any age. From Flooding to Lightning, there is always something to remind you of the safeties of weather.
Flooding – Turn around, don’t drown.
We see this all too often here in Marion County, a street will flood over due to heavy rains and people are constantly in a rush to get to their location. Driving through flooded streets is very dangerous. It only takes 12 inches of flowing water to completely sweep a car off the road. So we want to remind everyone of the slogan; Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Flooding is a serious matter and should be taken seriously by everyone.
Lightning – When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
Imagine for a minute, you are at a baseball game between the Harding Presidents and Elgin Comets. The Presidents and Comets are tied 3 to 3 with Harding up to bat and bases are loaded. As a spectator, you notice the clouds behind left field are turning darker and just like the umpire, you hear thunder faintly in the distance. The game is put on hold while students and spectators begin to make their way to their vehicles or inside the school.
In this scenario, the umpire remembered the slogan for Lightning: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. According to the NOAA, over the last 20 years, the United States averaged fifty-one annual lightning strike fatalities, placing it in the second position, just behind floods for deadly weather. In the US, between 9% and 10% of those struck die, for an average of 40 to 50 deaths per year (28 in 2008).
Tornado – If a Tornado is Around, Get Low to the Ground
Tornadoes are a serious weather event. Destroying everything in it’s path, the sirens are blaring through the neighborhood and you listened to the Marion Ohio Weather Team when they told you to get to the lowest point of your home, an interior wall, or bath-tub. You took the precautions and you saved your families life. If the tornado sirens are going, it means that the conditions are favorable for a tornado or storm that could be very dangerous. If a tornado is around, get low to the ground.
Marion Ohio Weather is thrilled to bring you Tornado Week 2018 and we want to take the opportunity to thank each and every follower for their continued support of Marion Ohio Weather. As we continue to grow throughout the community, we also want to thank the sponsors of Tornado Week.