What We’re Watching: 4/15/11

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Editor's Note: On May 16, 2011, we removed an image of the National Weather Service Hazards Assessment map.

Severe weather outlook
FEMA continues to closely monitor a severe weather pattern as the threat of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds emerges over many parts of Alabama and Mississippi, and continued red flag warnings in Texas.  Severe storms could also affect parts of Eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida panhandle through Saturday.

Stay connected to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center for severe weather warnings in your part of the country.

Red River Valley flood update
Meanwhile officials in Grand Forks, North Dakota, still expect widespread flooding across the Red River Valley but have downgraded their expectations for the high water mark. The 2011 flooding will be on par with the 2009 flood, and could even surpass it as the second-worst flood in 150 years.  And in case you missed, Robin Finegan, Region 8 Administrator, provided an update on her three-day visit to North Dakota to get an up close look at the flood fighting efforts going on in the Red River Valley

2011 National Hurricane Conference
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will be speaking at the 2011 National Hurricane Conference scheduled for next week in Atlanta GA. As the nation’s forum for education and professional training, the primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management. More than 2,000 attendees from around the country are expected to attend.

Last Updated: 
06/17/2012 - 11:17



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