Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
After a Wednesday that saw storms drop 1-inch hail in North Barrington and more than 2 inches of rain in parts of McHenry County, I'm sure we'd all like a respite from the rain. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer. Meteorologists are warning Illinois residents that there's a significant chance for severe weather Thursday, with storms possibly bringing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, severe weather will be possible during the day and into the evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has placed half of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather, while parts of …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Have you ever seen a tornado? I'll never forget the day I saw a tornado touch down. I was just 13 or 14 and on a youth group trip with my church. We were driving through Nebraska and getting ready to stop for dinner when the skies turned dark. We saw a funnel cloud pass overhead and heard the warning on the radio that people should leave their cars and seek shelter. We did exactly that. We stopped at McDonald's and got ready to seek shelter in the large refrigerator if the tornado hit. The tornado ultimately touched down about a mile from us. It was incredibly scary, and I hope I never experience that again. Are You Prepared? If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Winter Storm Magnus dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, while places like Georgia and Tennessee saw tornadoes.
A massive storm system resulted in snow and tornadoes across the country Wednesday, leaving small amounts of snow here in northern Illinois and nearly a foot of snow in portions of Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service Office in Chicago, the 12-hour snowfall ending at 6 p.m. Wednesday saw .6 inches of snow fall in Grayslake, while Oak Lawn saw just a tenth of an inch. That same storm system, Winter Storm Magnus (as named by The Weather Channel), dumped a lot of snow elsewhere in the country. Reedsburg, WI, for example, received 10 inches of snow, and 9 inches of snow fell in Watson, IA. The Weather Channel reported that snow fell in parts of Kansas, southeast Nebraska, northern Missouri, Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are accepting donations for relief efforts following the disaster.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The death toll continues to rise for those killed by tornadoes that ripped through the south Wednesday. The Associated Press is reporting Wednesday morning that 193 have died as a result of the storms. Alabama was the hardest hit but other fatalities were also reported in Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. Here are some ways to help disaster victims affected by the tornadoes: Salvation Army You can donate to the Salvation Army by going to their website, www.salvationarmyusa.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to assist the organization’s disaster response efforts. Or send a check to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. A $100 donation to the Salvation Army …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The plan is put together by different committee members in the community.
Natural disasters might not be as much of a threat with the help of plans by McHenry and Kane counties. The Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan is a written document that first started in Kane County in 2004 and recently carried over to McHenry County. The plan is put together by different committee members in the community. Mike Klunk, deputy chief for the Huntley Police Department, said the program is put together by several entities to see how they can plan for emergencies. This plan, which he called an “action plan,” consists of plans, ordinances and codes to help prevent heavy snowfall, flooding, tornadoes or other potential disasters in the area, according to Klunk. For example, a solution for flooding could be to plant more trees in …