Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We never even went to Kansas!

Photo courtesy buffalo.ynn.com
Multiple news outlets are reporting that investigators from the National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Chautauqua County last nightThe first tornado touched down in Fredonia at approximately 5:10pm, knocking down multiple trees and power lines and tearing the roof off a house.  There are reports of more roofs being torn off and a barn being completely demolished in Westfield, where the second confirmed tornado touched down a short time later.  High winds and rain caused damage throughout parts of Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaragus Counties, but thankfully there have been no reports of any injuries.

Would you know what to do if a twister blew in your direction?  When a tornado warning is issued, that means a tornado has been seen in that area.  If a warning is issued where you are, seek shelter immediately, in a basement or storm cellar if possible.

This storm came quickly, leaving little time for Southern Tier residents to prepare.  Tornadoes can cause massive damage quickly.  Does every member of your family know the safest place in your home to go if a tornado touches down?  Is your emergency supply kit stocked with the supplies you'll need if power outages or travel restrictions leave you stranded for a couple days? 

Take some time now to review these tornado safety tips, because unlike Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," you can't simply click your heels and go back home if a twister rips through your neck of the woods!

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