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Lake Wind Advisory

Statement as of 11:45 AM CST on March 01, 2017

Expires 7:00 PM EST on March 01, 2017


... Lake Wind Advisory now in effect until 6 PM CST this evening...

* event: lake Wind Advisory

* areas affected: much of Arkansas

* timing: through this afternoon

* winds: expect northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph... with gusts to 30
mph behind a cold front through this afternoon. Gusts could
exceed 30 mph.

* Impacts: large waves on area lakes and rivers will make
boating dangerous. This will be especially hazardous for small
boats. These winds may also create some hazardous driving
conditions for high profile vehicles.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A lake Wind Advisory indicates that winds will cause rough chop
on area lakes. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.



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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:30 AM CST on March 01, 2017

Expires 3:00 PM EST on March 01, 2017


... Todays topic for severe weather awareness week is tornadoes...

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the Arkansas
department of emergency management, has proclaimed the week of
February 26th through March 4th as severe weather awareness week
in Arkansas.

A different topic will be discussed each day, and todays topic
is tornadoes.

In 2016, 25 tornadoes were counted in Arkansas. In an average
year, 33 tornadoes are expected in the state.

The peak seasons for tornadoes are Spring and fall. This is when
warm and cold air masses collide most often. In 2016, of the
25 tornadoes counted, there were 13 in March and 10 in April.

The strongest tornado /rated EF2/ of 2016 affected portions of
Crawford and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas on March
23rd.

There were no high end /at least EF4/ tornadoes documented. The
last one of these tracked 41 miles though Pulaski, Faulkner, and
white counties on April 27th of 2014. This tornado killed
16 people.

Monster tornadoes like this are rare. From 2000 through 2016,
only two other tornadoes were rated as high as the one on April
27th. During this seventeen year time frame, 669 tornadoes were
spawned locally, and 83 percent of them /554 tornadoes/ were
weak /rated EF0 or EF1/. These weak twisters accounted for only
3 fatalities.

... Outdoor tornado sirens...

Many towns and counties in Arkansas have acquired outdoor
warning sirens to alert the public when tornadoes threaten. When
these sirens are kept in proper working order, they do their job
as expected and help warn the public.

While tornado warnings often cause the sirens to blow, the
National Weather Service does not have any control over the
sirens.

In Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County, the
National Weather Service has an advisory role as to when the
sirens should be sounded, but this does not prevent these
jurisdictions from blowing their sirens if they deem it necessary.
Elsewhere in Arkansas, the decision to blow the sirens is made
by designated city or County officials.

... What you can do to protect yourself - tornado safety rules...

One of the newer safety rules is to avoid taking shelter under a
Highway overpass. Rotating winds surrounding a tornado can hit
you with a lot of debris, and blow you out from beneath the
bridge.

Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.
The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Watch when tornadoes
are possible. A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has been
indicated on Doppler weather radar or has been sighted.

Counties and cities are mentioned in tornado warnings. If you are
new to the area, keep a map handy for reference.

Make sure that you have a reliable way to receive weather
information. Battery-powered NOAA weather radios are an excellent
way to keep up with the weather, even if your power has gone out.

If you are going to be at a large gathering, such as at a school,
stadium or place of worship, make sure that someone is keeping an
eye on the weather.

A tornado shelter, tornado cellar, or a safe room is the safest
place to be, but these are not found in most homes. The next
safest place is usually a basement, but these are not common in
Arkansas. If you do not have any of these, go to an interior room
on the lowest floor of a house or building. Put as many walls
between you and the outdoors as possible.

Many businesses, such as large stores, shopping malls, hospitals,
nursing homes, and schools have pre-arranged safety plans and
designated safe areas. If you are in one of these places, follow
the instructions given inside these buildings.

If you are in a vehicle, your best option is to move to a sturdy
building.

Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection during
a tornado, and should be abandoned.

Keep in mind that the elderly, the very Young, and people with
physical or mental challenges will often Need More time to get
to safety. Make special provisions if you are a care-giver for
these people.


Notes for the news media...

There is a tornado drill scheduled in place of the weekly test on
NOAA Weather Radio at 10 am CST on March 2nd /Thursday/. People are
encouraged to practice going to a place of safety when the NOAA
Weather Radio alarm is sounded. The test was originally scheduled
for March 1st /Wednesday/, but was cancelled due to severe
weather.

For a list of all the tornadoes and other significant weather
events that occurred in 2016...

Http://www.Weather.Gov/media/lzk/stormsof2016.Pdf


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830 am CST Wed Mar 01 2017

... Todays topic for severe weather awareness week is tornadoes...

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the Arkansas
department of emergency management, has proclaimed the week of
February 26th through March 4th as severe weather awareness week
in Arkansas.

A different topic will be discussed each day, and todays topic
is tornadoes.

In 2016, 25 tornadoes were counted in Arkansas. In an average
year, 33 tornadoes are expected in the state.

The peak seasons for tornadoes are Spring and fall. This is when
warm and cold air masses collide most often. In 2016, of the
25 tornadoes counted, there were 13 in March and 10 in April.

The strongest tornado /rated EF2/ of 2016 affected portions of
Crawford and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas on March
23rd.

There were no high end /at least EF4/ tornadoes documented. The
last one of these tracked 41 miles though Pulaski, Faulkner, and
white counties on April 27th of 2014. This tornado killed
16 people.

Monster tornadoes like this are rare. From 2000 through 2016,
only two other tornadoes were rated as high as the one on April
27th. During this seventeen year time frame, 669 tornadoes were
spawned locally, and 83 percent of them /554 tornadoes/ were
weak /rated EF0 or EF1/. These weak twisters accounted for only
3 fatalities.

... Outdoor tornado sirens...

Many towns and counties in Arkansas have acquired outdoor
warning sirens to alert the public when tornadoes threaten. When
these sirens are kept in proper working order, they do their job
as expected and help warn the public.

While tornado warnings often cause the sirens to blow, the
National Weather Service does not have any control over the
sirens.

In Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County, the
National Weather Service has an advisory role as to when the
sirens should be sounded, but this does not prevent these
jurisdictions from blowing their sirens if they deem it necessary.
Elsewhere in Arkansas, the decision to blow the sirens is made
by designated city or County officials.

... What you can do to protect yourself - tornado safety rules...

One of the newer safety rules is to avoid taking shelter under a
Highway overpass. Rotating winds surrounding a tornado can hit
you with a lot of debris, and blow you out from beneath the
bridge.

Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.
The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Watch when tornadoes
are possible. A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has been
indicated on Doppler weather radar or has been sighted.

Counties and cities are mentioned in tornado warnings. If you are
new to the area, keep a map handy for reference.

Make sure that you have a reliable way to receive weather
information. Battery-powered NOAA weather radios are an excellent
way to keep up with the weather, even if your power has gone out.

If you are going to be at a large gathering, such as at a school,
stadium or place of worship, make sure that someone is keeping an
eye on the weather.

A tornado shelter, tornado cellar, or a safe room is the safest
place to be, but these are not found in most homes. The next
safest place is usually a basement, but these are not common in
Arkansas. If you do not have any of these, go to an interior room
on the lowest floor of a house or building. Put as many walls
between you and the outdoors as possible.

Many businesses, such as large stores, shopping malls, hospitals,
nursing homes, and schools have pre-arranged safety plans and
designated safe areas. If you are in one of these places, follow
the instructions given inside these buildings.

If you are in a vehicle, your best option is to move to a sturdy
building.

Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection during
a tornado, and should be abandoned.

Keep in mind that the elderly, the very Young, and people with
physical or mental challenges will often Need More time to get
to safety. Make special provisions if you are a care-giver for
these people.


Notes for the news media...

There is a tornado drill scheduled in place of the weekly test on
NOAA Weather Radio at 10 am CST on March 2nd /Thursday/. People are
encouraged to practice going to a place of safety when the NOAA
Weather Radio alarm is sounded. The test was originally scheduled
for March 1st /Wednesday/, but was cancelled due to severe
weather.

For a list of all the tornadoes and other significant weather
events that occurred in 2016...

Http://www.Weather.Gov/media/lzk/stormsof2016.Pdf


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600 am CST Wed Mar 01 2017

... Todays topic for severe weather awareness week is tornadoes...

The National Weather Service, in cooperation with the Arkansas
department of emergency management, has proclaimed the week of
February 26th through March 4th as severe weather awareness week
in Arkansas.

A different topic will be discussed each day, and todays topic
is tornadoes.

In 2016, 25 tornadoes were counted in Arkansas. In an average
year, 33 tornadoes are expected in the state.

The peak seasons for tornadoes are Spring and fall. This is when
warm and cold air masses collide most often. In 2016, of the
25 tornadoes counted, there were 13 in March and 10 in April.

The strongest tornado /rated EF2/ of 2016 affected portions of
Crawford and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas on March
23rd.

There were no high end /at least EF4/ tornadoes documented. The
last one of these tracked 41 miles though Pulaski, Faulkner, and
white counties on April 27th of 2014. This tornado killed
16 people.

Monster tornadoes like this are rare. From 2000 through 2016,
only two other tornadoes were rated as high as the one on April
27th. During this seventeen year time frame, 669 tornadoes were
spawned locally, and 83 percent of them /554 tornadoes/ were
weak /rated EF0 or EF1/. These weak twisters accounted for only
3 fatalities.

... Outdoor tornado sirens...

Many towns and counties in Arkansas have acquired outdoor
warning sirens to alert the public when tornadoes threaten. When
these sirens are kept in proper working order, they do their job
as expected and help warn the public.

While tornado warnings often cause the sirens to blow, the
National Weather Service does not have any control over the
sirens.

In Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County, the
National Weather Service has an advisory role as to when the
sirens should be sounded, but this does not prevent these
jurisdictions from blowing their sirens if they deem it necessary.
Elsewhere in Arkansas, the decision to blow the sirens is made
by designated city or County officials.

... What you can do to protect yourself - tornado safety rules...

One of the newer safety rules is to avoid taking shelter under a
Highway overpass. Rotating winds surrounding a tornado can hit
you with a lot of debris, and blow you out from beneath the
bridge.

Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.
The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Watch when tornadoes
are possible. A Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado has been
indicated on Doppler weather radar or has been sighted.

Counties and cities are mentioned in tornado warnings. If you are
new to the area, keep a map handy for reference.

Make sure that you have a reliable way to receive weather
information. Battery-powered NOAA weather radios are an excellent
way to keep up with the weather, even if your power has gone out.

If you are going to be at a large gathering, such as at a school,
stadium or place of worship, make sure that someone is keeping an
eye on the weather.

A tornado shelter, tornado cellar, or a safe room is the safest
place to be, but these are not found in most homes. The next
safest place is usually a basement, but these are not common in
Arkansas. If you do not have any of these, go to an interior room
on the lowest floor of a house or building. Put as many walls
between you and the outdoors as possible.

Many businesses, such as large stores, shopping malls, hospitals,
nursing homes, and schools have pre-arranged safety plans and
designated safe areas. If you are in one of these places, follow
the instructions given inside these buildings.

If you are in a vehicle, your best option is to move to a sturdy
building.

Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection during
a tornado, and should be abandoned.

Keep in mind that the elderly, the very Young, and people with
physical or mental challenges will often Need More time to get
to safety. Make special provisions if you are a care-giver for
these people.


Notes for the news media...

There is a tornado drill scheduled in place of the weekly test
on NOAA Weather Radio at 10 am CST on March 1st. People are
encouraged to practice going to a place of safety when the
NOAA Weather Radio alarm is sounded. In the event of
threatening weather, the test will be postponed until the
next day at the same time.

For a list of all the tornadoes and other significant weather
events that occurred in 2016...

Http://www.Weather.Gov/media/lzk/stormsof2016.Pdf


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Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Tornado Watch , Tornado Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Public Information Statement
Alaska - High Wind Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Wind Chill Advisory , Blizzard Warning , Special Statement
Arkansas - Lake Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Public Information Statement
California - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Freeze Warning , Frost Advisory , Hydrologic Statement , Public Information Statement
Colorado - Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning
Delaware - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Special Statement
District of Columbia - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Special Statement
Florida - Coastal Hazard Statement
Georgia - Tornado Watch , Lake Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Hawaii - Flash Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement
Idaho - Winter Weather Advisory
Illinois - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Flood Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Indiana - Flood Warning , Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Iowa - Flood Warning , Flood Watch , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Kansas - Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement
Kentucky - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Lake Wind Advisory , Public Information Statement
Maine - Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory, Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory
Maryland - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Massachusetts - High Wind Warning , High Wind Warning, Dense Fog Advisory
Michigan - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Minnesota - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Mississippi - Tornado Watch , Tornado Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Special Statement
Missouri - Flood Warning , Special Statement
Montana - High Wind Warning , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory
Nebraska - Fire Weather Warning , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Flood Warning
New Hampshire - Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory, Wind Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory
New Jersey - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Wind Advisory , Special Statement
New York - Areal Flood Watch , Lakeshore Flood Advisory , Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning
North Carolina - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Tornado Watch , Wind Advisory , Special Statement
North Dakota - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Ohio - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Oklahoma - Lake Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Warning
Pennsylvania - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Puerto Rico - Coastal Hazard Statement
Rhode Island - High Wind Warning, Dense Fog Advisory , High Wind Warning
South Carolina - Lake Wind Advisory , Special Statement
South Dakota - Flood Warning
Tennessee - Tornado Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Flash Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Texas - Lake Wind Advisory , Public Information Statement
Vermont - High Wind Warning , Wind Advisory
Virgin Islands - Coastal Hazard Statement
Virginia - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Wind Advisory , Special Statement
Washington - Wind Advisory
West Virginia - Severe Thunderstorm Watch , Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Wind Advisory , Public Information Statement
Wisconsin - Flood Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - High Wind Warning , Air Quality Alert , Public Information Statement
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch
- Gale Warning

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