Tornado drill, sirens part of Severe Weather Awareness Week

Strong to severe weather possible Monday afternoon

According to the National Weather Service, at 2:11 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles south of Whitesville, Kentucky, moving northeast at 30 mph.

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week so it is a ideal time to review the difference between watches and warnings in severe weather situations.

MAIN THREATS with any thunderstorm this evening will be LARGE HAIL over the size of Golf balls, and winds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

A series of storms last week slammed the state with high winds, rains, and tornadoes.

"A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes", Mead said. Instead of staggering the warning this year, all of the NWS offices are going to issue their test warnings at the same time.

If you are outdoors go inside and stay away from large windows. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.Continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. The warning will set off a testing of the tornado sirens in the two counties.

McAlester and surrounding communities need to be prepared for the possibility of severe weather overnight and through Wednesday.

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