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Extreme shifts in temperature triggers chances for severe weather

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

You don't normally think of severe storms in January, but don't let Mother Nature catch you off guard.

It was just four years ago when tornadoes hit Hannibal and Liberty in late December.

If you don't have a disaster kit, now is the time to put one together. It should include water, food, flashlight, first aid kit, fully charged cell phone, and a battery operated weather radio.

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But it doesn't take a tornado to do significant damage. Straight line winds and hail are also a major threat in any season. John Simon, Adams County Emergency Management Director, says any time there is a tornado watch, they activate their storm spotters.

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"Year round our spotters are able to be deployed. We've seen severe weather in December, we've seen it in October," Simon said. "So it's not necessarily just the Spring time when severe weather hits and so we need to be ready to be able to react anytime that may happen."

Simon says the most important step is coming up with a plan of where to go if severe weather strikes. If you don't have a basement, go to the inner most part of your house like a closet or bathroom.

And if you live in a mobile home, plan to go to a friend's or family members house.

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