Nick McWilliams reporting – Governor Mike DeWine has declared the week of March 17-23 as Severe Weather Awareness Week, just in time for changing weather.

With a potential scattering of thunderstorms in the Tuscarawas Valley on Thursday, it’s imperative for area residents to know what to prepare for this time of year.

Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Director Alex McCarthy reminds residents all the potential weather events that are on the way.

“This time of year is where we really start to see the spring weather move in. We’re going to start seeing severe thunderstorms before too long. From time to time, you get heavy rains, even the possibility of tornados. So, it’s good to know what sort of hazards we face.”

A large portion of Ohio has been effected from last month’s melting snowfall and rain, leading to flooding and a state of emergency declared for around two dozen counties.

As always, residents are advised to stay indoors during severe weather events, like tomorrow’s potential thunderstorm.

However, McCarthy adds local residents could see instances of flooding once again if the storm takes an unexpected turn.

Our big concern would be a thunderstorm just kind of stalling out and continuing to produce heavy rain for a long period of time. Specifically looking at tomorrow’s storm, it should be a system that moves through pretty quickly, but if we look back, just last year, we had a couple of times where these storms would just sit on top of a specific area and keep dropping rain.”

Last year, Severe Weather Awareness Week ran from March 18-23.

McCarthy reminds area residents to prepare for power outages and have emergency plans, in case of unexpected weather.

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