Local Extension offers severe weather webinar April 25th

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[April 12, 2019] 


Spring is here and with it comes the start of the severe weather season. The Weather Channel reports that an average of 71 people have been killed annually by tornadoes (1987-2016).

Tornadoes can happen any time of the year but normally reach their peak in the spring months. However, tornadoes are not the only server weather concern. According to the NOAA, over the last 20 years, the United States averaged 51 annual lightning strike fatalities, placing it just behind flooding deaths.

With lightning, server storms so prevalent in the spring, April is a great time to develop an action plan to protect you and your family from server weather injury.

Would you like to have a better understanding of tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, and other types of severe weather? If so, consider attending a Severe Weather Webinar on April 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Logan County Extension office in Lincoln.

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University of Illinois Extension Educator and weather instructor Duane Friend will cover current research on tornadoes and lightning, types of tornadoes and thunderstorms, information on tornadic winds, damage and protection, and interesting facts on tornadoes, thunderstorms and lightning.

The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. The registration deadline is April 24.

Those interested in participating have two choices of how they may attend, they can watch the program from the convenience of their home computer by registering at https://go.illinois.edu/storm  (information on joining the webinar will be e-mailed after registration).

Or they can attend the webinar in-person at the Logan County Extension office (980 N. Postville Dr., Lincoln, IL 62656). If you would like to attend in-person, please visit our website at https://web. extension.illinois.edu/lms/  or call the Logan County Extension office at 217-732-8289 for assistance.

[Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship]

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