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WEB EXTRA: Emergency Management Tips on Preparing for a Tornado

Thunderstorms will approach extreme southeast Kansas and western Missouri late Wednesday evening. A strong storm or two will be possible with small hail and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. However, widespread severe weather is not expected.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The forecast is pointing toward storms in our area this week.

Lingering thunderstorms will be possible Thursday morning. These storms are not expected to be severe. But, additional thunderstorms will approach from the west Thursday evening and night. A risk for severe weather exists with these storms Thursday evening and night. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and a tornado or two will be possible.

Track these storms with our Interactive Radar

The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management is urging folks to be prepared.

"We are always ready," says Director Dale Moore (full interview above). "We have someone who is on call. We have staff who comes in at the first sign of any difficulty and we man our situation room and we are ready for whatever we need to do."

Tornado Safety Information

Despite sunny conditions on Wednesday, Moore is hoping people will simply think about where they would take cover.

"We live for telling people when the skies are blue that is when you plan for the worst. You don't wait until the sirens are going off to think, 'what do I do?'"

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