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Image description: Weather forecasters say the storms moving through the Midwest could produce derechos. What are they?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:

A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term “straight-line wind damage” sometimes is used to describe derecho damage.

Learn more about derechos.
This photo shows the shelf cloud that preceded a derecho in LaPorte, Indiana in June 2012. Photo courtesy of Kevin Gould / NOAA.

Image description: Weather forecasters say the storms moving through the Midwest could produce derechos. What are they?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:

A derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term “straight-line wind damage” sometimes is used to describe derecho damage.

Learn more about derechos.

This photo shows the shelf cloud that preceded a derecho in LaPorte, Indiana in June 2012. Photo courtesy of Kevin Gould / NOAA.

Summer often brings droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes. Learn how to prepare for severe weather.

Find the answer and the history of hurricane names.

Image description: this animated gif shows the annual cycle of severe weather threats based on data gathered by the National Weather Services from 1985 to 1989. Each of its 52 frames shows the probability of a severe storm occurring within 25 miles of any point for that week. More info about this image and the data used to create it.
It’s tornado season. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms and they can be deadly. Learn how to prepare for tornadoes and what to do when one strikes at ready.gov/tornadoes.

Image description: this animated gif shows the annual cycle of severe weather threats based on data gathered by the National Weather Services from 1985 to 1989. Each of its 52 frames shows the probability of a severe storm occurring within 25 miles of any point for that week. More info about this image and the data used to create it.

It’s tornado season. Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms and they can be deadly. Learn how to prepare for tornadoes and what to do when one strikes at ready.gov/tornadoes.

Don’t Drive or Walk Through Flooded Roads. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.

Flooding can occur in almost every part of the U.S. and during any month. In 2012, 39 percent of flood fatalities occurred from driving into flood water and 18 percent from walking into it. 

If you’re driving or walking and encounter flood water, turn around. Don’t drown.

It only takes six inches of water to knock over an adult and cause loss of control of a vehicle. A foot of water will float many vehicles and only two feet of rushing water will carry them away, including pickups and SUVs. 

The depth of flood water is not always obvious. It can be especially hard to judge at night. The best option is to play it safe and turn around.

Find out what you can do to keep your family safe before, during, and after floods.