6:55 PM: Just a reminder - the Outdoor Warning System is used for more than tornadoes.
Criteria for Siren Activation
- The National Weather Service issues a a Tornado Warning for areas in and around the City of Dallas.
- The National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning with destructive winds in excess of 70 mph for areas in and around the City of Dallas.
- Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado in the City of Dallas, or in a neighboring jurisdiction with the potential to affect the City of Dallas.
- Reported hail of 1.5" in diameter or greater (size may be adjusted for areas or events where large numbers of people are outdoors).
- Other emergency situations as deemed by the Office of Emergency Management.
6:20 PM: OEM sounded sirens in Northwest and Far North Dallas. We encourage all residents to take shelter and stay aware of the weather.
6:15 PM: Tornado Warning has been issued for Dallas County. Check the storm paths. Identify your safe place and have your supplies handy. Be ready to go an interior room without windows and keep alert to dangerous conditions.
5:45 PM: We are still monitoring this storm system. It's not out of the area yet. Stay alert and ready for anything.
2:00 PM: We are under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Severe weather can ramp up quickly. Monitor weather conditions with the National Weather Service or on broadcast media. Have multiple ways to get weather alerts.
10 AM: The City of Dallas and the Office of Emergency Management are monitoring the weather system that will be coming through today and will respond as needed. We will update this site with information as it becomes available.
We understand that storms and severe weather can bring about a lot of stress and anxiety. The National Weather Service put together a great resource for identifying and dealing with the anxiety that severe weather can produce.
These are just a few things you can do - the rest of their great advice is on their website - LINK.
Here are some things you can do to empower yourself and take more control over your weather fears:
- Advance preparation – thinking about where you will take shelter, making sure you have several ways to get weather warnings and information, and having a plan for you and your family – can help reduce your fear and stress levels when storms are in the area. Planning and preparation puts you in control of your situation and can make the storms a little less scary.
- Think about what stresses you out the most about severe weather. For some people, it’s the sound of thunder, the flashes of lightning or the roar of the winds. For others, it’s the anticipation and uncertainty about what might happen to them or their family. If there is something that makes your fears worse that you can control, this might help you.
- Learn about the storms. Understand how they are forecast and what the various watch, warning and advisory terms mean. Follow the National Weather Service severe weather outlooks and forecasts online and learn about the science that goes into those severe weather predictions. Attend a free NWS storm spotter training class to learn more about tornadoes and severe storms.
- Many people who are afraid of storms want all the information they can get their hands on when severe weather is in the forecast. With social media, there are many sources of weather information to choose from. Some are considered official sources, like the NWS, your favorite TV station or local TV meteorologist, or your local emergency management or public safety agencies in your community, and these are generally good places to get weather information. A small percentage of social media forecasts tend toward the extreme or worst case scenario when forecasting severe weather. If you have storm anxiety, these might make things worse.