Safe From the Storm

Safe from the Storm: Seeking Shelter

When severe weather threatens, we are often told to seek shelter if we’re in a mobile home or in a flood-prone area. But Alabama News Network found out that sometimes, shelters are hard to find. In emergencies, some people don’t know where to go, or if a shelter is open for them. Other people have to drive up to 20…

Safe from the Storm: Inland Flooding Threat

When most of us think of hurricanes, we think first of high winds. But flooding is also a threat, even far inland. When people don’t take the flooding threat seriously, lives and property can be lost. That’s why we should understand the amount of rain that hurricanes can bring, especially the storms that will stall out for several days in…

Safe from the Storm: Hurricane Impact Can Be Felt Far Inland

Hurricanes don’t just bring danger and damage to the coast.  Montgomery has felt the impact of Hurricane Opal in 1995, Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and from many other storms — even tropical storms that have dumped rain over Central Alabama. All of us need to be ready for power outages, flooding and other impacts that hurricanes can bring, even hundreds…

Safe from the Storm: Remembering Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael will forever be remembered on the Gulf Coast. The Category 5 hurricane hit the Panama City, Florida, area in October 2018, bringing devastation that was experienced far inland, including in Alabama. Here is a look at what we’ve learned from that storm, from Alabama News Network Weather Authority Meteorologist Ben Lang. Categories: Safe From the Storm Tags: 2018…

Safe From The Storm: Lightning

There is a vast amount of technology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  They have a variety of ways they conduct research on severe weather and elaborate on how they can learn more about storm systems.  To find out more about how the university is using its instruments to measure lightning, Meteorologist Matt Breland traveled to the campus to…

Safe from the Storm: Storm Chasers

Storm chasing, it is a real thing, and each year hundreds if not thousands of people head to the U.S. Plains to do it. Meteorologist Ryan Stinnett  interview famed storm chaser, Accuweather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer, who not only chases tornadoes, but is one of the few people who have purposely put themselves in the direct path of a tornado….

Safe from the Storm: Weather Balloon

Weather prediction is made possible in part by the use of weather balloons. Meteorologist Ben Lang traveled to one of the launch locations, in Birmingham to see a weather balloon launch first hand and find out the importance the data it collects. Categories: Safe From the Storm

Safe from the Storm-Doppler Radar

Like a beating heart always at work, radar sites across America keep watch of the sky to help keep us safe. Meteorologist Elissia Wilson looks at the ins and outs of a radar site that we use at Alabama News Network. Categories: Safe From the Storm

Preparing Storm Survival Kits

When preparing for severe weather, there are items that you do not want to forget. We stopped by Montgomery’s Home Depot to find out what those items are.  They are making it easy for people to find much needed items that are needed for any occasion. “You will need a flashlight, a weather radio, probably a rain jacket that we…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Taking a Tour of a Storm Shelter

Storm shelters built inside your home can greatly increase your chances of surviving severe weather. A tornado doesn’t slow down or stop for anyone. It mows down homes, flips buildings over, and can destroy lives. If a tornado comes your way you need to get to a place that’s safe, like a storm shelter. “It’s not something that people think…