Severe weather potential Sunday; prepare and protect yourself

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INDIANAPOLIS – Now is the time for you to prepare for the possibility of severe weather on Sunday. All of the preparations you make will ultimately protect you and your family.

“We have a saying…ready, set, go,” said Mike Ryan, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis.

The motto they live by is “Protection of life and property.” Since this approaching storm appeared on their radar several days ago, they’ve been busy watching it.

“Wtching how it evolve over the last several days has kinda been the big challenge for us as a meteorologist, determining where the biggest impacts are…determining when the biggest impacts are going to be,” Ryan said.

Now that the confidence is high, that “ready, set, go” saying is what you need to think about. Be ready now, have your emergency safety plan ready to activate. Know where you’ll go and how to get your information. Be set when a severe weather watch is issued, and go if a warning issued.

“Take immediate protective action, get to your safe location, put as many walls between yourself and the outside,” said Ryan.

The point of this is not to scare you, but it’s to make sure you prepare and protect yourselves.

“People aren’t used to severe weather this time of year. We had snow five days ago, so we want to make sure that this isn’t catching people off guard.”

Power outages are also a possibility, so Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and Duke Energy crews are monitoring things. IPL says they are having extra crews come in tomorrow morning. If you see downed trees on power lines, call IPL at (317)261-8111. Duke energy’s number is (800) 343-3525.