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What We're Watching: 2/18/11

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Potential severe weather
Winter weather will continue to impact the western U.S. for much of the weekend, bringing colder temperatures and snow in areas of high elevation.  For those on the east coast, the unusually warmer temperatures of the past few days will rush out over the weekend, bringing the potential for high winds. 

And as the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map shows, residents in the Midwest and Great Lakes should be prepared for heavy snow and potential flooding.  Through our regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City (MO), we're closely monitoring potential flooding in the region.  Forecasters continue to predict a busy flood season as snow melts and spring rains come, so make sure you’re prepared.

(See the updated flooding forecast for the North Central U.S. from NOAA)

Kids fire safety
On Monday, we launched a campaign to raise awareness about the threat of home fires and how families can keep their homes and loved ones safe.  With the weekend upon us, we encourage you to practice your family’s fire escape plan when they’re all home this weekend.  Visit for tips on keeping your family safe from a home fire.

And if you’re a Twitter user, use the #kidsfiresafety hashtag and share how you're getting prepared.

Last Updated: 
06/19/2012 - 18:31

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