Tornadoes are not something that we generally worry about here in WNY, however the National Weather Service has just issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10pm.
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What should you do?
During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:
• Dark, often greenish clouds
• Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
• Cloud of debris
• Large hail
• Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
• Roaring noise
Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait until you see the tornado. The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room. Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.
For more information on tornadoes, check out our tornado tip sheet online.
Are you Red Cross Ready?
For information on how you and your family can be Red Cross Ready for any disaster, such as a tornado, fire, or flood, visit us online.
For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.