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Posted on: May 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Severe weather potential late today and Thursday

Lightning flashing through storm clouds

POSTED WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 AT 8:50 A.M. - There is a risk of severe weather this evening between 6 p.m. and midnight, and Thursday morning between 6-9 a.m. The main threat will be large hail and strong winds. There is a low possibility of a tornado, and some areas may experience isolated flooding due to heavy rains. A large area is forecast for possible severe weather.

It is important to have a reliable method of receiving weather warnings, especially tomorrow morning as severe weather may occur before daybreak.

Remember, sirens aren’t just for tornadoes!
The purpose of the outdoor warning system is to alert those that may be outside and need to take shelter. Allen Fire Department posts information on the AFD Facebook page regarding the alert status when the outdoor warning system is activated.

Allen operates 26 outdoor warning sirens that sound during severe weather events, including: 

  • Large hail greater than 1 inch in diameter
  • Winds greater than 70 mph
  • 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. Please do not rely on outdoor warning sirens, as the sound may not adequately penetrate a home to awake sleeping residents. Allen Emergency Management recommends using at least two methods of weather alerting to stay aware, which should include an NOAA weather radio. Learn more about storm and tornado safety.

Stay connected for closure, emergency information is the primary source of closure and emergency information for the City of Allen. Residents also enroll in Hyper-Reach Emergency Notifications to get rapid alerts from National Weather Service about urgent situations. You can choose to receive notifications via telephone call, text and/or email message.

During emergencies, the primary social media channel used to share information is the City of Allen Facebook page.

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