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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Severe Weather Reminders

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Spring is here - which means severe weather season! Don’t forget these reminders for when severe weather is approaching:

Know the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado WATCH is when conditions are favorable for severe weather. In this case, know where to take shelter and keep an eye on the forecast. In a tornado WARNING, severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent and you should take shelter immediately. You’ll never forget the difference again with this sweet tea graphic!

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Outdoor Warning Sirens: There are 10 outdoor warning sirens strategically located throughout Bedford. Outdoor warning sirens are intended to alert people who are outside that pending and/or immediate danger is approaching and are activated in the following instances:

  • Reported hail of 1.50” in diameter or greater (or smaller for areas or events where large numbers of people are outdoors)
  • Rotation in a dangerous cloud or a tornado
  • Straight-line winds over 70 mph

Before severe weather arrives, take some time to recognize shelter areas around your home and prepare an emergency kit of supplies, including items like a flashlight, radio, portable cell phone charger, water bottles, etc.

Emergency Alerts: Make sure you’ve signed up to receive emergency and community alerts from the City at Once you sign up, you’ll be able to customize how you want alerts sent to you, via a phone call, text message, email, or TTY/TDD for the hearing-impaired.

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