August 27 - Severe Weather Possible Across Western Wyoming

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Riverton Wyoming have determined the strong potential exists for severe weather to develop through 6 pm Saturday evening.

Potentially dangerous thunderstorms are anticipated to impact western Wyoming with threats of large hail, strong winds, and dangerous lightning.  

Now is the time for you to prepare for this event.

Some reminders about severe weather preparedness:

  • Find a sturdy, indoor shelter when storms approach. Remain at this location until the storms have passed.
  • Abandon mobile homes and cars immediately to seek shelter in a substantial structure.
  • In Wyoming, lightning is responsible for more deaths and injuries than any other thunderstorm phenomena. Move indoors immediately when thunder is heard.  Remain indoors until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder is heard.
  • If indoor shelter is unavailable:
    • Do not seek shelter under trees.
    • Find a ditch and remain low to the ground.
    • If lightning is near, keep on the balls of your feet.
    • Shield your neck and head.
  • If sirens sound, move to the lowest level of your house, or an interior room with the fewest number of windows.
    • If there is time, shield your body with a mattress.
  • If severe weather is encountered while you are in your car:
    • Keep the windows closed.
    • Slow down or stop, if possible.
    • Do not travel towards a tornado, it may shift and come towards you.
    • Leave your roof closed.
    • Remain in your car, but shield your face in case of breaking glass.
  • Do not travel through water-covered roadways, you may not see the washed out roadway below.
  • Turn Around Don’t Drown!

Please watch for issuances of additional severe weather-related products. This may include warnings for Thunderstorms, or Tornadoes,  Flooding (warning),  Flash Flooding (watch) or Flash Flooding (warning).  Follow-up statements for thunderstorm or tornado warnings may be found in the Severe Weather Statement.

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