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      ABC 33/40 Weather: Flash Flood Emergency (#alwx updates)

      Severe weather watches and warnings across Alabama as of 4:30 a.m., Monday, April 7, 2014. (abc3340.com)

      The ABC 33/40 Weather team is closely monitoring a strong storm system that is moving into central Alabama this morning, bringing along with it the threat of flooding, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

      Check back here regularly for continual updates via the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog. Stay weather aware everywhere you go by downloading the ABC 33/40 News and Weather apps, as well as the user-friendly James Spann 24/7 app for your Apple and Android mobile devices

      Latest updates from James Spann and the weather team:

      Update 4:50 a.m.

      Widespread flooding occurring:

      We are still under the threat of severe weather across Central Alabama this morning. However, as the rain continues to fall across the area, we are beginning to see a lot of issues with flooding. Many areas have received 3-4 inches of rain, with radar estimates greater than 5 inches, and it continues to fall. Here are just a few of the numerous reports coming in this morning.

      IN TARRANT SPRINGDALE RD DOWN TO ONE LANE DUE TO WATER RISING ABOVE BANK FULL AT VILLAGE CREEK. SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN TARRANT DUE TO VILLAGE CREEK RISING ABOVE BANK FULL, INCLUDING ALABAMA ST, MISSISSIPPI ST

      IN HOMEWOOD EVACUATIONS AND WATER RESCUES ONGOING AT LAKESHORE GARDEN APTS. WATER GETTING INTO GROUND FLOOR APTS.

      Data showing Village Creek is now 2 feet above flood stage.

      Morgan Road at exit 6 off I 459 flooded. Police have road blocked off.

      Major flooding in parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Many roads are not passable.

      Glade rd in Anniston/Saks area is underwater, creek has overflowed.

      Hoover and Pelham, AL reporting major flooding issues this morning including mudslides and evacuations.

      Homewood PD dispatch is saying they have a rock slide on hwy 31 mainly in VH!

      MOBILE HOME PARK ON HWY 119 SURROUNDED BY RISING WATER. RESIDENTS ARE BEING EVACUATED.

      FLOODING AT TALLAPOOSA ST AT I-20/59, NEAR VILLAGE CREEK.

      FIVE MILE RD AT HUFFMAN RD IS BARRICADED. AVE V IN SOUTHPARK IS BARRICADED.

      This flooding is occurring throughout Central Alabama. Numerous roads are closed or underwater.

      The only good news is that the back edge of the rain is now approaching the Birmingham Metro, so we should begin to see slow improvements.

      Update 4:35 a.m.

      Flash flooding at a Homewood apartment complex near Lakeshore Drive and Interstate 65 early Monday morning, April 7, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Bailey Collins/Twitter)

      FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBYJEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB COUNTIES

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

      * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA

      * UNTIL 730 AM CDT

      * AT 427 AM CDTEMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED MAJOR FLOODING AND NUMEROUS HIGH WATER RESCUES IN PROGRESS. THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE WARNED AREA WITH ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE.

      THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR SHELBYJEFFERSON AND NORTHERN BIBB COUNTIES.

      * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE ALABASTERBESSEMERBIRMINGHAMCENTREVILLECHELSEA FAIRFIELDFULTONDALEGARDENDALEHELENAHOMEWOODHOOVER HUEYTOWNIRONDALELEEDSMONTEVALLOMOUNTAIN BROOK PELHAMVESTAVIA HILLSALTONAMERICAN VILLAGEBIRMINGHAM AIRPORTBIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDSBIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE BLUFF PARK AND BRIGHTON.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

      MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL UNLESS YOU ARE FLEEING AN AREA SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR UNDER AN EVACUATION ORDER.

      Update 3:26 a.m.

      Flash Flood Warning Issued for Clay, Cleborne & Randolph counties:

      Very heavy rainfall continues to fall across much of Central Alabama this morning. Watch out for rapidly rising waters as well as flood roadways. The rain will continue to fall for several more hours and an additional 1-3 inches of rain will be possible.

      This warning includes locations along Interstate 20 and Highway 431, including Heflin, Wedowee, Roanoke, Ashland and Lineville.

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

      * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

      * UNTIL 930 AM CDT

      * AT 323 AM CDTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURSAND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

      * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE ASHLANDHEFLINLAKE WEDOWEELINEVILLEROANOKEWEDOWEE ABERNATHYBARFIELDCORINTHCRYSTAL LAKEDELTA EDWARDSVILLEFOSTERS CROSS ROADSFRUITHURSTMALONEMARS HILLSMORRISON CROSS ROADSMOUNT CHEAHAMUSCADINE RANBURNEWADLEY AND WOODLAND.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

      THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING FLOODING SITUATION. YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL. STAY HOME UNLESS YOU ARE FORCED TO EVACUATE TO HIGHER GROUND.

      ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA.

      EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMSHIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKSSTREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

      Update 3:14 a.m.

      Tornado Warning Issued for Dallas County:

      Another strong thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving northeast across Dallas County. The city of Selma is included in this warning along with Valley Grande, and Tyler.

      Be careful driving along U.S. 80 and state highways 22 and 14. The strongest circulation is moving across the eastern part of Dallas County.

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

      * TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA

      * UNTIL 345 AM CDT

      * AT 311 AM CDTTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR OLD CAHABA PARKOR 8 MILES SOUTH OF SELMONT-WEST SELMONTAND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

      * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE SELMONT-WEST SELMONTSELMAVALLEY GRANDEMEMORIAL STADIUM TYLERGARDNER ISLANDBURNSVILLECRAIG FIELD AIPORTSELMA DRAG STRIP AND EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

      TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

      Update 3 a.m.

      James Spann is live on ABC 33/40 discussing the severe weather moving through central Alabama this morning. Watch on air or live online above.

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      Update 2:29 a.m.

      A confirmed tornado is being reported in the ground and causing damage in Mississippi this morning. Numerous reports of damage and debris associated with this storm as it races off towards the northeast at 55 mph.

      It passed just to the north of the city of Collins, and it very close to the city of Taylorsville. It it moving out of Smith County and into Jasper County. We will be watching this storm carefully as it will be approaching Alabama in the next hour.

      Update 1:56 a.m.

      From Spann: No change in our thinking on this event. The primary risk of severe storms and a few tornadoes is along and south of I-20 (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston south) after 3:00 a.m. All of Alabama will have a flash flood threat, and flash flood warning blanket much of Central Alabama early this morning. Flooding has been reported on a number of roads. Complete details are on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog.

      Update 1:17 a.m.

      Tornado Watch issued for 31 counties in Alabama until 8 a.m.:

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      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 66 IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

      IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 31 COUNTIES

      IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

      AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON COOSA DALLAS ELMORE JEFFERSON LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA

      IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

      CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY CLEBURNE LEE MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

      IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

      BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

      IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

      GREENE HALE MARENGO PICKENS SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

      THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OFALABASTERALEXANDER CITY ALICEVILLEANNISTONASHLANDAUBURNBIRMINGHAMBRENT CARROLLTONCENTREVILLECLANTONCOLUMBIANADEMOPOLIS EUFAULAEUTAWFORT DEPOSITGREENSBOROHEFLINHOOVER JACKSONVILLELANETTLINDENLINEVILLELIVINGSTON LOWNDESBOROMARIONMILLBROOKMONTGOMERYMOODY MOUNDVILLEOPELIKAPELHAMPELL CITYPHENIX CITY PRATTVILLEROANOKEROCKFORDSELMASYLACAUGATALLADEGA TROYTUSCALOOSATUSKEGEEUNION SPRINGSUNIONTOWN VALLEYWETUMPKA AND YORK.

      Update 1:10 a.m.

      From @Spann:{} A tornado watch will be issued shortly for parts of Central and South Alabama. As we have been saying, the primary risk of severe weather will come after 3 AM, and mainly south of interstate 20. Flash flooding is possible anywhere in Alabama through the morning hours

      Update 11:52 p.m.

      Late night look at the weather:

      There still is a significant threat of severe weather overnight across Central Alabama.

      An impressive 850 millibar jet is acting like a firehose tonight, pouring warm, moist air into West Central Alabama from Mississippi.

      This area of inbound warmth and moisture is resulting in widespread heavy rain and thunderstorms over West Central Alabama. The storms have produced some wind damage in places like Pickens and western Tuscaloosa Counties, as well as Marengo County. Numerous trees were reported down along US-82 near Buhl.

      They have also triggered a flash flood warning for four counties in West Central Alabama including Greene, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa Counties where radar estimates show 2-3 inches of rain had probably fallen. A flash flood warning was just issued for Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Walker Counties until 5:30 AM CDT.

      The flash flood watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties until 1:00 PM CDT Monday.

      As of 11:50 p.m. tonight, there were no severe thunderstorm warnings nationally, but that will change.

      Continue reading by clicking here.

      Update 11:47 p.m.

      From Spann:{} A tornado watch is likely for parts of East Mississippi and West Alabama after midnight as the surface low near Natchez, MS lifts northeast, and warm, moisture is drawn northward. The initial threat will be flash flooding, but after 3:00 a.m. potential for severe storms with a few tornadoes will increase, mainly south of I-20. Remember, you will not hear a siren inside your home. Be sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio, or a good properly programmed smart phone app like MyWarn or iMap WeatherRadio so you won't miss warnings if they are needed during the pre-dawn hours, or anytime. And, be sure and check the blog for frequent updates overnight. http://www.alabamawx.comIf and when tornado warnings are issued, we will initiate long form coverage on ABC 33/40.

      Update 11:24 p.m.

      Flash Flood Warning issued for Jefferson County until 5:30 a.m.

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

      * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA

      * UNTIL 530 AM CDT MONDAY

      * AT 1115 PM CDTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT SIX HOURS AS MORE RAINFALL SPREADS NORTHEASTWARD FROM SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPIAND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

      * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE BESSEMERBIRMINGHAMCARBON HILLCORDOVAFAIRFIELD FAYETTEFULTONDALEGARDENDALE..HOMEWOODHOOVERJASPER AND VERNON.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

      THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

      ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA.

      EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMSURBAN AREASHIGHWAYSSTREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

      BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.

      A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY AUTOMOBILE.

      Update 10:32 p.m.

      Flash Flood Warnings issued for Greene, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties until 4:30 a.m.:

      Very heavy rain has been falling across the areas the last few hours as stronger storms have moved through recently. At least 2-3 inches of rain have fallen in these areas and it will continue to do so through the overnight hours.

      This warning includes Tuscaloosa, Northport, Eutaw, Reform, Carrollton, Livingston, and York. Watch out for flooding to be possibly impacting Interstate 20/59, U.S. 11, 80 and 82, as well as all the smaller state and county roads in these areas. Remember to TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN if you encounter water of the roadway.

      THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

      * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

      * UNTIL 430 AM CDT MONDAY

      * AT 1029 PM CDTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING OVER THE SAME AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT SIX HOURS AS MORE RAINFALL SPREADS NORTHEASTWARD FROM SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPIAND FLASH FLOODING WILL BE LIKELY AS SOILS HAVE BECOME COMPLETELY SATURATED.

      * RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE ALICEVILLECARROLLTONEUTAWGORDO LIVINGSTONNORTHPORTTUSCALOOSABEVILL LOCK AND DAMBROOKWOODCOALINGAND ETHELSVILLE.

      PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

      THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

      Update 10 p.m.

      Strong storm approaching the Birmingham metro:

      This storm has been weakening as it moves across northern Tuscaloosa County. It is currently below severe limits, but is producing gusty winds, hail, and very heavy rainfall. The storms this evening have been pulsing up and down in intensity and we certainly could see this storm intensify again and reach severe limits.

      It is moving in to western portions of Jefferson County now and should be approaching downtown by 10:30 PM. Much of the city will be impacted by this storm.

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      Update 9:08 p.m.

      Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Tuscaloosa County until 10 p.m.

      "There is a growing concern of significant wind damage will be possible with this storm. Power outages are being reported as well as trees being blown down. Structural damage is also being reported around Elrod.

      "An intense storm is moving into Tuscaloosa County from Pickens County. The warning covers much of the county and includes the cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport, Samantha, and Brookwood. This also includes the campus of the University of Alabama.

      "Travel along U.S. 82, 69, and 11 will be impacted, as well as Interstate 20/59, highway 69 and 216. This storm has produced hail of 1.25 in diameter over Mississippi and continues to show a very strong updraft that will support large hail. Damaging winds are a threat as well with this storm."

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      Update 8:14 p.m.

      "Storms with hail are the primary severe weather threat for Central Alabama through 3 a.m. The storms will become surface based after 3:00 a.m. along and south of I-20, when a tornado threat will begin. There chance of severe weather north of I-20 is small, but not zero. All of Alabama will have the potential for flash flooding. Much more detail is on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog..."

      Update 7:02 p.m.

      "Tornado watch in effect until 3am for Southwest Alabama.... the risk will move northward after midnight; for North-Central Alabama the prime risk will come from 4:00 until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, mainly along and south of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston and points south). All of Alabama will have a risk of flash flooding."

      Update 6:26 p.m.

      "The flash flood threat is very real; the HRRR model is printing five inches of rain for Birmingham/Tuscaloosa over the next 15 hours, with around four inches for Anniston/Gadsden. The heaviest rain will come from about midnight tonight through 10 a.m. Monday. People in flood-prone areas need to be sure they can hear flash flood warnings if needed."The greatest risk of severe weather should come well past midnight for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Anniston. Seems like we (North/Central Alabama) will get in favorable combination of instability and shear between 4 and 10 a.m. tomorrow. Southwest Alabama could see severe weather anytime between now and 10 a.m. tomorrow."This is a system with intense dynamics, but marginal thermodynamics. Still, forecast wind profiles suggest a tornado threat tomorrow morning, especially along and south of I-20. North of I-20, the air will remain pretty stable and heavy rain is the primary threat, although the risk of severe weather there is not zero."Update from Ryan Stinnett at 5:14 p.m."TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA OVERNIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING

      "A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES TO CENTRAL ALABAMA. NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER. REVIEW THE SAFETY RULES AND PUT YOUR PRE DETERMINED SAFETY PLAN INTO ACTION.

      "A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADO DEVELOPMENT. PEOPLE LOCATED IN AND AROUND THE WATCH AREASHOULD KEEP AN EYE TO THE SKYAND LISTEN TO THEIR NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDSOR TUNE TO LOCAL BROADCAST MEDIA FOR FURTHER WEATHER INFORMATION. THE WATCH IS INTENDED TO GIVE YOU TIME TO PREPARE TIME TO REVIEW SAFETY RULES.

      "A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A DEVELOPING TORNADO HAS BEEN DETECTED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAROR A RELIABLE REPORT OF A TORNADO HAS BEEN RECEIVED. A TORNADO WARNING IS USUALLY ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF ONE OR TWO COUNTIESFOR AN HOUR OR LESS. THE STORM COULD ALSO PRODUCE LARGE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. IF THE TORNADO WARNING INCLUDES YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD OR WORK PLACEYOU SHOULD SEEK SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

      "TORNADO SAFETY RULES

      "IN GENERALGET AS LOW AS YOU CAN. A BASEMENT BELOW GROUND LEVEL OR THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING OFFERS THE GREATEST SAFETY. PUT AS MANY WALLS BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE OUTSIDE AS POSSIBLE. AVOID WINDOWS AT ALL COST. TORNADOES COULD BE OBSCURED BY RAINFALL OR COME AT NIGHTTIME. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADOIT MAY BE TOO LATE.

      "DO NOT WASTE TIME OPENING OR CLOSING WINDOWS AND DOORS. IT WILL NOT PROTECT THE STRUCTURE. YOU WILL ONLY WASTE TIME AND PUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN GREATER RISK. USE THOSE VALUABLE SECONDS TO FIND A PLACE OF SAFETY.

      "IN HOMES OR PUBLIC BUILDINGSGO TO THE BASEMENT OR A SMALL INTERIOR ROOMSUCH AS A CLOSETBATHROOM OR AN INTERIOR HALL ON THE LOWEST LEVEL. CLOSE ALL DOORS TO THE HALLWAY FOR GREATER PROTECTION. IF POSSIBLEGET UNDER SOMETHING STURDY LIKE A HEAVY TABLE. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS WITH PILLOWSHEAVY COATSBLANKETSOR QUILTS. USE BICYCLE OR MOTORCYCLE HELMETS TO PROTECT YOUR HEAD.

      "IN MOBILE HOMESLEAVE WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE APPROACHING SEVERE WEATHER AND GO TO A STRONG BUILDING. IF THERE IS NO SHELTER NEARBY GET INTO THE NEAREST DITCHLOW SPOTOR UNDERGROUND CULVERT. LIE FLATCOVERING YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS FOR PROTECTION.

      "IN VEHICLES OR OUTDOORSWHEN TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLELIMIT YOUR OUTDOOR PLANS OR FINISH THEM EARLY. STAY CLOSE TO A STURDY SHELTER. IF CAUGHT OUTSIDEFIND SHELTER IN A DITCH OR REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE AND COVER YOUR HEAD FOR PROTECTION. DO NOT TAKE SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASSWHERE WIND SPEEDS CAN INCREASE DUE TO A TUNNELING EFFECT. IT IS BEST TO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN A SITUATION WHERE NO STURDY SHELTER IS AVAILABLE.

      "REMEMBERSTAY AWAY FROM DOORSWINDOWSAND OUTSIDE WALLS.

      "PROTECT YOUR HEAD."

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