(CNN)As communities around the country take precautions against the coronavirus pandemic, some places are dealing with an additional safety threat: severe weather outbreaks.April, May and June are peak tornado months for much of the United States — particularly the Plains, the Midwest and the South. This tornado season, though, residents are seeking shelter from storms while also trying to practice social distancing. With this weekend expected to bring severe storms and flash flooding across the Southern Plains and possible tornadoes and damaging winds across the Southeast, weather experts and government officials warn that keeping safe from storms should take precedence over coronavirus concerns — though people should try to limit the spread of Covid-19 to the extent possible.”The need to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19 brings added complications to taking shelter from severe weather,” the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service said in a statement. “However, state and federal officials agree that your top priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado.”Agencies in Alabama and Mississippi have issued similar guidance.Here’s how authorities are recommending people prepare for extreme weather events during the pandemic. Make a planThe American Meteorological Society (AMS)


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