Meteorologists with the National Weather Service office in Melbourne are reporting the possibility of severe weather in Lake County from the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 12, until the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The Lake County Emergency Management Division encourages residents to remain calm and keep abreast of the current weather conditions in their community by listening to local radio and television news reports and keeping near their NOAA weather radios.
As of this evening, the National Weather Service is reporting an issue with their weather-radio towers in Orlando and Melbourne. While many Lake County residents may have their weather-radios tuned to the Orlando tower frequency (channel 4, 162.475), an alternative for residents in western and southern Lake County is to change the frequency set on their weather radios to the Sumterville tower (channel 5, 162.500). An alternative frequency for residents in northeast Lake County is to set their weather radio to the Daytona Beach tower frequency (channel 1, 162.400). UPDATE: As of 6:45 p.m., the National Weather Service is reporting the weather radio tower in Orlando is operating again normally.
If the threat of a tornado is imminent in your community, take the following precautions:
• Go to the lowest floor in the building in a small center room (bathroom or closet), under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows.
• Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bathtub may offer a shell of partial protection.
• Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
• If you are in a car or truck, park the car as quickly and safely as possible out of the traffic lanes. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building. If in the open country, run to low ground away from any cars. Lie flat and facedown, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
For more information about weather radios and disaster preparation, consult the Emergency Management's comprehensive online guide.