Stay "Ahead of the Storm" during severe weather season

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are no strangers to severe weather. On June 5, 2010, a deadly tornado hit Lake Township. The severe storm killed seven people and brought destructive winds of up to 175 miles per hour. The twister leveled Lake High School and several homes in the community.

The same line of storms produced a tornado in Fulton County, which caused damage to home and trees in the area. Another tornado hit Dundee, causing more damage to businesses and other buildings there.

There have been tornadoes in Northwest Ohio both before and after the June 2010 storms. Experts say it's important to be prepared for the potential of severe weather.

The National Weather Service has dubbed March 18-24 "Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week". 13abc's team of meteorologists kicks off the week by presenting "Ahead of the Storm". The half-hour weather special introduces you to storm survivors, shows you what it takes to be a meteorologist and makes sure you're prepared to keep yourself and your family safe during severe weather.

The special is hosted by chief meteorologist Jay Berschback and 13abc Action News Good Morning meteorologist Ross Ellet. Meteorologists Ben Cathey and Dan Zbozien are joined by Heather Pollauf to present important information and personal stories during the special presentation.