It’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week here in Missouri.

Today’s theme is severe thunderstorm safety.

Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning are frequent occurrences in Missouri during the spring and summer months.

Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for 30 minutes to an hour. Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.

About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe—one that produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produces a tornado.

Learn where to get your timely information, how to prepare for the worst, snag some safety tips, and more at The National Weather Service or Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

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