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June 12, 2013

Hoosiers warned of severe weather threat

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is reminding Hoosiers to be aware of the weather tonight as there is a possibility for severe weather and tornadoes.

The National Storm Prediction Center says there is a high risk for severe weather in northern Indiana tonight, while the rest of the state is under a moderate or slight risk.

The “high risk” designation is not used often, and means patterns are developing that could cause extreme weather. The National Weather Service says these storms may bring widespread damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, tornadoes, and torrential rainfall producing flash flooding.

Hoosiers should remain aware of changing weather conditions, and assess the need to travel while severe weather is in the area. Consider bringing any outdoor furniture or items inside.

Power outages

With weather systems like this, it's not uncommon to see widespread power outages. While utility companies will be working to quickly repair any outages, storms of this size and magnitude often make it very difficult to restore power immediately.

Take the time now to charge cell phones, laptops, and other devices, so that if power goes out, electronic devices will have a maximum charge.

Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted include:

— Food and water for three days (includes a minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day);

— Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio;

— Flashlight;

— Extra batteries for radio and flashlight; and

— Special items such as baby formula, insulin, or medications.

For more information visit the website at GetPrepared.IN.gov.

Media Contact Info:

IDHS public information officer on duty at 317.234.6713 or pio@dhs.in.gov

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