It’s Severe Summer Weather Week in North Dakota: What You Should Look Out For

While tornadoes are not something we see every day, it is important to know they can and do happen here

WEST, FARGO, N.D. — The snow may be gone and our winter jackets may be hung, but that doesn’t mean weather has stopped being dangerous.

It is Severe Summer Weather Awareness week in North Dakota, a week held by states nationally as the weather heats up.

Officials say there are five major things we need to be looking out for…severe heat, fires, hailstorms, lightening, and tornadoes.

While tornadoes are not something we see every day, it is important to know they can and do happen here.

“It’s one of the things that I stress, I have a brother in law that’s in the weather service and we’ve talked about tornadoes and the tornado belt and really we are not outside that tornado belt. It is not uncommon to have tornadoes. We’ve had them in Dickinson, we’ve had them in Minnesota, we’ve had them here in Fargo. It is something that is going to happen,” said Pierre Freeman, the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the city of West Fargo.

Freeman says one of the most important parts about this week is reminding people to have a drill, a plan and to think about their shelters during emergencies.

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