Tornado Watch In Effect Friday, September 2, 2016

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:

  1. Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries. so keep windows closed and stay away from them.
  2. Glass from broken windows can injure you.
  3. If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. that’s the safest location.
  4. If you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter.
  5. If you’re driving, fasten your seat belt and go to the nearest building for cover.
  6. You’re safer indoors.
  7. If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows.
  8. You’re safer inside the car than outside.
  9. If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands.

Submitted by Tidelines Editor

 

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