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Tornado Watch Until 10 o’clock Tonight | By Jennifer Irving | Old Town Post

The National Weather Service Issues Tornado Watch until 10 pm tonight for the Washington Metropolitan Area. Here is some information from the Red Cross on what to do during a tornado:

The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.

If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.

̶ Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.

̶ Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.

  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.
If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
    • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:

̶ Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.

̶ If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado

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