Most of Marshall County is listed in the “Marginal” Risk Category (1 out 5) for Severe Weather this afternoon into this evening.  There is a small section of the northwest part of the county near Walkerton and the Tyner area listed under the “Slight” Risk Category for Severe Weather. All of Marshall County is included in the Heat Advisory with temperatures expected to be between 90 and 95 degrees. Combined with the humidity the afternoon heat index values could reach 100 -105 degrees.

The threat from the severe weather includes damaging winds, Isolated large hail, and localized heavy rain.  Strong winds have the potential to cause tree damage which could lead to power outages and damage to homes. Power outages during extreme heat may increase the number of heat-related illnesses and call for medical attention.   Downed trees and debris may impact travel.

Large Hail can cause damage to homes and other buildings as well as damage to vehicles. Localized heavy rain may cause FLASH FLOODING of low-lying areas, and ponding of water on road surfaces.

Marshall County EMA encourages citizens to stay weather aware today. If severe weather threatens, seek shelter indoors. Be sure to charge your cell phone and check the batteries in your flashlights and lanterns. 

If you live in an area that has experienced flash flooding in the past, consider moving to higher ground.  Never drive on roads with water flowing across them.  Never drive around roads posted with high water signs or remove barricades from roads that have been closed due to high water.

Extreme Heat Preparedness Actions: Drink plenty of fluids. Stay in an air-conditioned room. Stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.  Young children and pets should NEVER be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.  Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.  When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.  Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.  Heat stroke is an emergency!  Call 9-1-1.