After the recent tornado outbreak in Texas, not a single death was reported in Dallas-Fort Worth. Quite a miracle, right? Well, maybe not. Thanks to mobile apps, social media and livestreaming capabilities, now all we need is a smartphone to keep out of harm's way.
Let's start with mobile apps. The iMap Weather Radio app [App Store] [Google Play] sends you personalized severe weather alerts as they are issued. Unlike other apps that alert you if you are in a county only partially covered by a watch or warning, this app claims that you will only be notified if your device is located inside a watch or warning box.
Our Chief Meterologist Rebecca Miller uses an app called Radarscope [App Store] [Google Play]. It's more than a radar; it pinponts geographic areas that are under watches and warnings.
Another online source for severe weather updates is social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Consider following and becoming a fan of CW 33 to receive up-to-the-second information about weather in your area. Friends' and public posts can also help keep you informed.
Finally, whenever CW 33 News is on the air (almost all day yesterday!), you can always livestream us. Just go to cw33.com on your mobile device, and click "Watch our news livestream now."
As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to use our smartphones to track a storm!
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