The atmosphere above Brown County doesn't have all of the tornado-producing ingredients as frequently as some other locations in Texas have them, National Weather Service meteorologist Hector Guerrero of San Angelo said.

But residents should take the threat of tornadoes and other severe weather seriously, Guerrero said.

"We always say it only takes one tornado … if an F5 (tornado) moved through Brownwood, do people have places to get into?"

March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Guerrero emailed information on severe weather to the media.

Over the past few years, several American cities have experienced killer tornadoes with wind speeds in excess of 170 mph claiming many lives.

  Severe weather season is fast approaching and now is the time to develop a plan to help keep you safe during times of inclement weather. Knowing the severe weather safety recommendations will help keep you and your family (as well as your pets and property) free from harm this spring.

West Central  Texas experiences its share of severe weather. Large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes are expected each a year. However, two weather phenomena that are routinely overlooked are lightning and flash floods. In the United States, flash floods kill more individuals each year than large hail, tornadoes, and damaging straight-line winds combined.  Over the past few years, West Central Texas has experienced relatively slow severe weather seasons.  However, we don't know when that trend will come to and end.  Across the nation, 2012 was much slower than the record setting statistics from 2011. The national tornado related death toll for 2012 was listed at 69, compared to the 553 killed in 2011.   

The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Angelo encourages all residents, businesses and schools across West Central Texas to practice a tornado warning drill at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The NWS in San Angelo will transmit a Special Message through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, March 6th at 930 AM. Because of the test format of this message, it may or may not activate certain NOAA Weather Radios.

Information on severe weather is available at:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/sjt/?n=svrwx_awareness