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Local EMA update on severe storms

Sandusky Register Staff • Jun 12, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Erie County Emergency Management Agency director Tim Jonovich is warning that the impending storm will start tonight at about 10 p.m. and last till about 6 a.m.

The storm is expected to bring winds of up to 70 mph and 2 to 3 inches of rain. While the area is not at high risk of hail, some hail may be seen.

Of concern to first responders: the county's low-lying areas. Typical areas for flash flooding are along the Huron River, especially in the Franklin Flats area and near Milan, by the river.

“We will have first responders checking these areas,” Jonovich said.

The high winds may cause power outages during the night. The storm may form quickly above the area, meaning it may not be able to be tracked to closely with radar, he said.

Safety Tips

•Secure lawn furniture, trash cans and hanging plants before the storm hits so they do not become projectiles

•If there is a flash flood or water is seen on the road do not drive through it. A driver can not tell how deep the water is or whether the road underneath is stable. It may have been washed away.

•If a tornado or strong straight line winds occur it may be necessary to take shelter. Go to the lowest level, center portion of a home.

•If a home is damaged and no one is hurt do not go outside and do not go on the roof to try to repair. Do not put yourself at risk, call the experts the following day. If anyone is injured call 911.

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