Thursday, September 22, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CAMP COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...PITTSBURG...LEESBURG...
GREGG COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...WHITE OAK...LONGVIEW...KILGORE...
NORTHERN RUSK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HENDERSON...
SMITH COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...WHITEHOUSE...TYLER...
UPSHUR COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GILMER...
EASTERN WOOD COUNTY IN NORTHEAST TEXAS...
* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
* AT 1011 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
FROM PITTSBURG TO BIG SANDY TO 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LINDALE...OR
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM PITTSBURG TO 7 MILES WEST OF GLADEWATER
TO 14 MILES WEST OF TYLER...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.
* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO WEST
MOUNTAIN...CLARKSVILLE CITY...EAST MOUNTAIN...LIBERTY CITY...
BULLARD...DIANA...CEDAR SPRINGS...ORE CITY...TROUP...OVERTON...
ARP...NEW LONDON...TURNERTOWN AND JOINERVILLE...
THESE ARE DANGEROUS STORMS. IF YOU ARE IN THEIR PATH...PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING.
PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER...PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG
BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ACROSS
NORTHEAST TEXAS. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK SHELTER
NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!
LAT...LON 3275 9538 3297 9517 3302 9514 3306 9496
3290 9471 3282 9470 3243 9471 3240 9461
3227 9458 3212 9469 3214 9547 3224 9549
3229 9546 3236 9546 3248 9560 3253 9560
TIME...MOT...LOC 0310Z 289DEG 33KT 3302 9498 3254 9503
WATCH 854 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 1 AM CDT MONDAY
IN TEXAS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES
IN NORTHEAST TEXAS
GREGG HARRISON MARION
SMITH UPSHUR WOOD
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...GILMER...JEFFERSON...LONGVIEW...
MARSHALL...QUITMAN AND TYLER.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The immediate area remains under a "Dense Smoke Advisory" and smoke plumes may continue throughout the rest of the day and evening. Visibility may be limited and air quality diminished.
University officials are continually monitoring the situation and will provide additional updates as needed.
You should only contact emergency officials if you actually see flames.
Monday, September 5, 2011
AUSTIN – Wildfires remain an extreme danger across Texas. When fire breaks out near your community, it is critical to monitor media and to obey evacuation orders.
Eighty percent of wildfires occur within two miles of residential neighborhoods and suburbs. When wildfires are moving at extreme speeds, they cannot be controlled. When advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
When weather conditions make wildfires more likely, prepare by taking the following precautions:
· Keep firefighting tools handy, such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and buckets.
· Place connected garden hoses on all sides of the house for emergency use.
· Know all emergency exits from your house.
· Learn all routes leading out of your neighborhood.
As fires actually approach, take the following actions:
· Park your car facing the direction of escape.
· Shut off gas at the meter. Only a qualified professional can safely turn the gas back on.
· Turn off propane tanks.
· Place combustible patio furniture inside.
· Seal vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
· Wet down or remove shrubs within 15 feet of your residence.
· Place lawn sprinklers on roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet down the roof.
· Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and non combustible window coverings. Remove flammable drapes and curtains.
· Close interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.
For more information on fire danger and advisories, see the Texas Forest Service Website at: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu
WILDFIRE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
AUSTIN – High winds and dry conditions are causing extreme wildfire danger across the state. Broadcast media can greatly assist the Texas public by using these Public Service Announcements.
WILDFIRE DANGER AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Texans face extreme wildfire danger. Avoid parking vehicles in tall, dry grass and weeds. Weeds and grass could be ignited by hot catalytic converters. Crush cigarettes in an ashtray and make sure they are really out. Be cautious about outdoor activities that might cause sparks or fires. Sparks can easily escape from burning trash. Avoid using welding or grinding equipment near dry weeds and grass.
DON'T DRIVE INTO SMOKE ON THE ROAD
Wind driven wildfire can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. When you see thick smoke across a highway, do not drive into it. Slow down. Prepare to stop and turn around. Activate your emergency flashers to warn vehicles following you. Check for oncoming traffic. Make sure you can turn around safely. Remember, when there is dense smoke on the road; do not drive in to it.
STAY ALERT TO WILDFIRE DANGER WHEN TRAVELING
Texans face extreme wildfire danger. Check fire and weather conditions before you get on the road. Monitor radio broadcasts while traveling. In areas where there may be wildfire, watch for highway signs, traffic control personnel and fire fighters. Slow down and prepare to stop when they signal you to do so. Remember, wind driven wildfire can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. If you see dense smoke on the road, do not drive into it.
WILDFIRE DANGER TO RURAL HOMES AND SUBURBS
Whether you live in a rural or suburban area, you can protect your home from the dangers of wildfire. Protect your property by clearing brush and grass away from your home and buildings. Clear out brush between trees. Prune lower branches. Make sure areas under utility lines are clear of brush, tall grass and trees so that utility service will continue. Create a fire break by clearing vegetation from areas between your house and nearby fields or wildland areas.
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Asst. Chief of Public Affairs
Public Affairs and Policy
Texas Department of Public Safety
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