UPDATED MARCH 29 AT 8:55 A.M. - Severe weather is expected between midnight tonight and 3 a.m. Wednesday. The main threats are strong wind and possible tornadoes. It’s important to ensure you have a method of receiving weather warnings while asleep.
Please don’t rely on outdoor warning sirens, as the sound may not adequately penetrate a home to wake sleeping residents. Allen Fire Department recommends using at least two methods of weather alerting to stay aware, which should include an NOAA weather radio. View radios currently in stock at Best Buy in Allen and Walmart in Lucas.
The anticipated weather systems typically are fast moving (40-50mph), can produce strong straight-line winds (70+mph), and can have embedded tornadoes. If tornadoes are present, they most likely will spin-up quickly and dissipate quickly, which makes them difficult to predict. Due to the unpredictable nature, the National Weather Service (NWS) will be quick to issue warnings when any radar indicated rotation is present. It also is possible that the warning doesn’t occur until the rotation is directly over the area or even after it has already passed.
Remember, sirens aren’t just for tornadoes!
Allen operates 26 outdoor warning sirens that sound during severe weather events, including:
- Large hail greater than 1 inch in diameter
- Winds greater than 70mph
- Tornado warnings naming Allen in the path
Allen uses data from the National Weather Service, weather radars, and trained storm spotters/public safety officers to determine when these criteria are met. Allen’s outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert people outdoors of the need to find shelter and seek information. You may not be able to hear them indoors as other noises or insulation can muffle the tone. Allen Emergency Management recommends using phone apps, TV/radio reports, and NOAA weather radios to receive warnings while indoors. Learn more about storm and tornado safety.