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How the National Weather Service Prepares for Area Thunderstorms

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When thunderstorms roll through the area and things get severe, the National Weather Service issues emergency alerts.

“Let them know that there’s danger nearby and they need to take action,” said Wendell Hohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

They always have an eye on the sky.

“Either through a spotter report, or a radar indication, we will issue that warning from our workstations,” said Hohmann.

As the sky turned grey on Tuesday, and rain fell across the region, a flash flood warning was issued. Those serve many purposes.

“Take precautions and take shelter as the warning states,” said Hohmann.

He adds that in a flash flooding event, never cross flooded creeks or streams as the water can become too unpredictable - also do not drive in it.

“No matter how shallow it may look, it doesn’t take a lot to sweep a car off the road,” he said.

On any given day, there are three to four meteorologists in the room, but when severe weather hits, they bring in extra personnel. 
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