The Incoming Spring Season Brings New Weather Hazards to Carroll County
Westminster, MD
03/16/2015 09:30 AM

Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week begins on Monday, March 16, and Carroll County Emergency Management is teaming up with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service to promote citizen awareness and preparedness. During spring, Carroll County is at risk for flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning. All of these hazards typically occur in our area every year; however, residents can “be weather prepared” by ensuring that they know how to get a warning, have a plan, and practice safety tips.


“Our County is particularly at risk for flooding,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Brown. “Recent snowfall coupled with springtime rain could increase flood risks this year.”


“Don’t attempt to drive across flooded roadways during or after a storm. Get and stay indoors if you hear thunder or see lightning,” added Clay Stamp, Executive Director of MEMA, the Governor’s emergency management agency. “And if you need to leave the house due to damage or an emergency, make sure to bring your emergency kit and a charged cell phone with you.


” The National Weather Service (NWS) emphasizes that the mid-Atlantic region is at risk for flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and lightning storms every year. “Maryland experiences severe storms regularly during the spring,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Christopher Strong. “Our area is particularly at risk for flooding, and we also see hailstorms and even tornadoes.”


Residents can also take actions to remain safe by practicing the following tips:

  • During flooding, never enter an area where water is flowing over a road and you cannot see the pavement. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued or you are experiencing strong winds, get to a sturdy shelter and stay indoors away from windows.
  • Tornadoes can form rapidly in the right conditions. If there is a tornado warning or you see a tornado, quickly get inside and go to the lowest floor possible.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck from a fringe lightning strike. Over 98% of lightning casualties are from people outdoors—get indoors or inside your vehicle if possible.

Additional information can be found on the, the NWS “Weather Ready” website at, and the MEMA website at

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