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Tornadoes
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Here’s What You Should Know About Tornadoes

A tornado is a violent, rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground with the most violent producing massive destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Some damage paths can be as large as creating paths of 50 miles wide

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Straight-Line Winds
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What are Straight-Line Winds?

Straight-line winds is used to describe ground-level winds that come out of a thunderstorm and do not have rotation. When winds travel at speeds exceeding 57 mph, the storm is classified as a severe thunderstorm

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Image courtesy National Weather Service

Beach Safety: Do’s and Dont’s of Rip Currents

There's nothing as relaxing as a beach vacation. The Gulf Coast attracts thousands of visitors every year, especially to the sugar white sands of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. Swimming in the open ocean comes with its own set of rules, and travelers should be especially cautious of wind and weather conditions before hitting the beach.

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Hurricane

Understanding the Dangers of Hurricanes

Hurricanes and tropical storms form over large, warm bodies of water - just like the Gulf of Mexico - every year. Hurricanes typically form in the summer and fall with hurricane season officially running from June 1st through November 30th annually.

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Pet Safety Tips During Severe Weather

We all have seen our furry little friends act out of character before or during a thunderstorm. It's very common so make sure you're prepared to keep them safe during severe weather.

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Disaster Plan – How To Create A Family Plan In Advance

A family disaster plan is a personalized action plan that lets each member of a household know what to do in particular disaster situations.

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West Alabama Shelter
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Severe Weather: Where Can I Take Shelter in Tuscaloosa and Surrounding Areas?

As the state of Alabama generally sees tornadoes as its most common form of severe weather, shelters are often sought by travelers and those whose homes are either unsafe or not accessible at the time of inclement weather nor thereafter.

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West Alabama Emergency Contact List

In cases of inclement weather, we often find ourselves wondering who we should call to get pertinent information. However, many of the people we call rely on area residents to provide information to be dispensed to the masses.

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