Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina, March 1 – 9, 2009
|Taking a look back at 2008, North Carolina was struck by some of the most violent storms experienced in the last 10 years. North Carolina ranked fourthin the nation last year in the overall amount of severe weather experienced, falling behind Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
A number of deadly tornadic supercell thunderstorms struck the state, resulting in as many as 10 strong to violent tornadoes. Many of these tornadoes struck at night as everyone slept, catching many individuals off guard despite warning lead times averaging 20 minutes. A recent study of tornadoes found that North Carolina was ranked first in the nation with the greatest percentage of killer night time tornadoes.
“Get In, Get Down, and Cover Up” describes how you can save your life when severe storms strike.