One Safety Thing: Heed the Warnings of Strong Storms
Our favorite local National Weather Service forecast office tweeted out this important message on Saturday when a strong line of storms ripped through central Alabama. With extreme and severe weather becoming the new normal, the National Weather Service and local emergency managers’ warnings are more important than ever. Lives are at stake. This forecast office is the one that was the recipient of NOAA leadership rebuke after appearing to countermand the President after he changed Hurricane Dorian’s storm track with his Sharpie. We hope that the folks in the region still have faith in the local weather forecasters and that the President did not undermine them permanently. The tornadoes on Saturday were extremely strong (see below) and impacted several regions of the country — The Hill reported that more than 18 million people were at increased risk from strong tornadoes, flooding rains and wind gusts exceeding 80 mph.