June 10, 2019

Prepare Now for the Summer Storm Season

The Atlantic Hurricane and Summer Storm Season officially began on June 1 and runs through Nov. While it is possible for a hurricane or tropical storm to impact Montgomery County, the greater summer weather threat is flooding, hail, lightning strikes, thunderstorms and strong winds. Thunderstorms can occur singly or in clusters or lines and typically produce heavy rain for a brief period. During severe thunderstorms there is a risk that a tornado could occur.

In the event of a life-threatening storm, it is critical to know what to do before, during and after a severe storm. Knowing the difference between a weather watch and warning is an important part of keeping you and your loved ones safe.

NWS Advisories/Watch/Warnings:
  • Advisory: Highlights weather conditions less serious than a warning
    Weather event may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property
  • Watch: Be Prepared
    Conditions are right for the event to happen
    May last several hours
    Time to make a plan for if the event happens
  • Warning: The event is happening
    Take immediate action
    Usually limited to a short period of time (around 30 minutes)
Alert Montgomery is the County’s emergency notification system. Subscribers can register to receive real-time information on their mobile devices or landlines. In addition to weather emergencies, subscribers can opt to receive alerts about school closures, government closures, gas leaks, severe weather, traffic, park closures, public health and other public emergencies. Regardless of the alerts you choose to receive, ALL account holders will receive tornado warnings and other critical emergency notifications. The free service is available to anyone who signs up on the Alert Montgomery website.

Visit the OEMHS website for more information on severe summer storms.

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