Metro In Moderate Risk Of Severe Thunderstorms & Tornadoes Tuesday


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OMAHA (KPTM)- The Omaha metro will have a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Tuesday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible Tuesday morning. Some thunderstorms could be severe in the early afternoon. The storms could bring heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 25 MPH. There is an 80% chance of precipitation.

More thunderstorms are expected Tuesday evening that could bring wind gusts of up to 30 MPH. Thunderstorms in the state could bring damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and heavy rainfall.

It is the 34th anniversary of the "Night of the Twisters" tornado outbreak in central Nebraska near Grand Island. The American Red Cross is urging residents in Nebraska and Iowa to make sure households, schools and business are prepared for possible severe weather including rain, strong winds and possible tornados and flash floods.

"Listen to weather alerts and designate a safe space where people can gather for the duration of the storm. The area should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor away from windows," said Jill Orton, Region Disaster Officer. "Now that many schools in Nebraska and Iowa are on summer break, we encourage parents to take time today to review with children, babysitters and young adults what to do when there is severe weather,"

The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for tornadoes by:
Creating and practicing a Home Tornado Plan: Pick a "safe room" or uncluttered area without windows where family members and pets could seek shelter on the lowest floor possible: a basement, a center hallway, a bathroom or a closet.  Putting as many walls between you and the outside provides additional protection.
Assembling a Emergency Preparedness Kit
: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don't require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries and other emergency items for the whole family.
Heeding Storm Warnings:
Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.  A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. When a tornado WARNING is issued, go to the safe room you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building. . If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head to the nearest building for safety.  If you are outside and there are no buildings, lie flat in a low lying area or ditch and cover your head with your arms and hands.
Preparing for High Winds:
Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through. Install permanent shutters on your windows and add protection to the outside areas of sliding glass doors. Strengthen garage doors and unreinforced masonry. Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile.
Download Tornado App
: The American Red Cross Tornado App is available in English or Spanish and gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado. The free app includes a high-pitched siren and "tornado warning!" alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. This feature allows users to make critical decisions and to take actions to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe even in the middle of the night. An "all clear!" alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

In addition, meteorologists are predicting heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding in portions of eastern Nebraska. The Red Cross encourages people to download the free Flood App.

"If a tornado is threatening your area, listen for alerts and warnings, grab your emergency preparedness kit and head to your designated safe area," Orton added. "Be prepared to evacuate if necessary. In addition to tornadic weather, forecasters are calling for flash flooding in portions of eastern Nebraska and SW Iowa.

"Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if flooding threatens," added Orton. "The audible alerts in the app can save lives - even when users are away from a radio or TV."

The app along with other apps, can be found in the Apply App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to People can go to for more safety tips.

The Salvation Army personnel throughout the Western Division (Nebraska, western Iowa and South Dakota) are mobilizing to respond to tornadoes and damaging winds which forecasters are predicting will occur today and overnight. Currently, The Salvation Army has a minimum of five canteens (mobile kitchen units) ready to enter the affected areas as soon as the storm passes.  

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word OMAHA to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at and

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