A tornado watch is in effect for Charleston County until 4:00 pm according to the National Weather Service.
The Storm Prediction Center issues these warnings for counties where tornadoes may occur. A tornado watch area is usually large, covering several counties. A tornado warning means that you should take action right away because a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
One indication that a tornado is approaching are dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately.
If you find yourself in a tornado, here are a few precautions the National Weather Service recommends:
- Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries. so keep windows closed and stay away from them.
- Glass from broken windows can injure you.
- If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. that’s the safest location.
- If you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter.
- If you’re driving, fasten your seat belt and go to the nearest building for cover.
- You’re safer indoors.
- If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows.
- You’re safer inside the car than outside.
- If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands.
Submitted by Tidelines Editor