The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center currently has Marshall County under the “Slight” Risk Category (2 out of 5) for the potential for severe weather today.  The county is also included in the Excessive Heat Watch from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

There is a threat of severe thunderstorms with hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and tornadoes are possible.  The best chances for severe weather are currently north of U.S. 30.

The Heat Watch – Heat index values up to 112 degrees may be possible.

Citizens should monitor weather conditions and be prepared to move to a safe location such as a basement or an interior room with no windows.  Charge your cell phone and be sure to check your flashlights and lanterns. 

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States so it is important to be prepared. Here are some extremely important safety reminders:
       *Never Leave Children, Disabled Adults or Pets in Parked Vehicles. 
       *Be prepared for heat emergencies by knowing what to do if high temperatures are expected.

For example:

1. If you must be outside wear sun block, a hat, and sunglasses to limit exposure to Ultra-Violet rays.
2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
3. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing.
4. Take breaks. If possible, in air conditioning or under shaded areas.
5. If your skin begins to feel hot, or you begin to experience a headache, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting, you may be experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness. SEEK SHELTER AND MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning or do not have the ability to get to a building with air conditioning.

Don’t forget pets and other animals that are outdoors. Provide them with plenty of fresh water, keep them in shaded areas, and limit the amount of time they are confined in areas without airflow.