Residents Urged To Be Aware of Potential Severe WeatherMarch 18, 2021
Residents Urged To Be Aware of Potential Severe Weather
FAYETTEVILLE – The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County Emergency Services are urging residents to take precautions as a weather front is expected to bring severe thunderstorms to the area beginning Thursday afternoon.
This widespread severe weather event, which will stretch from Virginia to Florida, is expected to impact Cumberland County and surrounding areas from 3 to 6 p.m. Damaging straight-line winds, large hail and a few significant tornadoes are possible hazards. This storm may result in downed trees, power outages and possible structural damage. Residents are urged to secure loose yard items including roll out trash cans, lawn furniture, etc.
Cumberland County Emergency Services is actively monitoring weather conditions in the Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with Fayetteville Fire Department and other partners in anticipation of severe weather. Authorities are in communication with the National Weather Service.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a virtual room will open for communication with partners during the event.
Emergency Services wishes members of the public to know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch.
- Tornado Warning – A tornado is occurring or is expected to occur. Seek shelter immediately.
- Tornado Watch – Tornado possible; be prepared. Weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes
Residents can stay prepared by signing up for Cumberland Alerts, a free emergency notification system that can send alerts to your phone or email. To register, go to the co.cumberland.nc.us and click on the lightning icon at the top right of the homepage.
Monitor the Weather
- Monitor local radio, television stations or official social media accounts for updated emergency information and to follow the instructions of local officials.
- Download the free FEMA app (available in English and Spanish) to receive emergency alerts and information so that you and your loved ones know what to do before, during and after disasters. The app provides real-time safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips and disaster resources. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.
- The Emergency Alert System and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio also provides emergency alerts.
Residents may also prepare by making sure cell phones and electronic devices are charged. If possible, do not drive during the weather event.
Tornado Watch Preparations
- Storm cellars, safe rooms or basements provide the best protection.
- If underground shelter or safe room is not available, put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of a sturdy building and stay away from windows and doors.
- Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
- Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible. Motor vehicles, trailers and mobile homes are not good locations to ride out a tornado.
- If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
County Social Media
City of Fayetteville Social Media
Kevin Arata, Director,
Fayetteville Corporate Communications, (910) 433-1978
KArata@ci.fay.nc.usContact:Sally Shutt, Public Info. Systems Directorsshutt@co.cumberland.nc.us, (910) 437-1921