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Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.
The tornado watch, which is one step below the more serious tornado warning, was announced at 3 p.m. and had been in effect for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
He explained that a strong cold front from the west collided with the hot and humid air mass in the area, producing storms that had the potential to "grow large enough and strong enough" to possibly form a tornado, which is why a tornado watch was issued.
Now, three weeks later, California officials have explained what happened the night Stoke died in the Carr Fire, which was then just days old. And they have identified his unsettling killer: a tornado of flame, the likes of which the state had never seen before.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar within the warning area specified. Persons in the path of the storm should seek immediate shelter. Turn on battery operated radios to monitor the storm situation and wait for the "all clear" or end of the warning period to be announced.
Alert: A single tone signifying an emergency alert. This signal may be used for an emergency or disaster, including a severe storm, tornado warning (not a tornado watch), earthquake, chemical hazard/hazardous material incident, extreme winds, or biological hazard.
A storm just north of town, unrelated to the Joplin tornado, prompted an initial tornado warning and round of sirens, adding to the confusion. Two waves of sirens sounding in quick succession was not common, leaving many uncertain as to what it meant. Some people wondered whether it was an all-clear. And as the sirens were only meant to be heard outdoors, some residents indoors did not receive any indicators that a tornado was inbound.
The National Weather Service has issued tornado watch 688 in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening. Included Upstate areas are as follows:ABBEVILLE, CHEROKEE, CHESTER,GREENVILLE, GREENWOOD, LAURENS,SPARTANBURG, UNION, and YORK.Please monitor local...
If weather is severe enough (heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornado watch/warning) to necessitate a delay in the start of the ceremony, instructions will be announced on site to graduates and guests. After delaying the ceremony for as much as one hour, if the forecast indicates no change in the severity of the weather, cancellation of the ceremony will be announced, and diplomas will be distributed from other campus locations. Instructions will also appear in the commencement program.
About 40 commercial and 25 residential structures were damaged in the path of the tornado, which extended about 2.5 miles along Ennis Avenue from Clay Street to Centennial Drive, according to an initial assessment early Thursday morning. The tornado ripped through just after midnight, peeling the corrugated metal roof off the Ennis Inn motel. Twisted sheets of that metal were blown into nearby businesses, some more than 100 yards away.
9:32p A new tornado warning is issued for Dallas County until 10:15 p.m., with circulation reported just south of Cockrell Hill. Take shelter if you are in the vicinity of this storm, which is heading to the northeast at 15 mph. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
8:04p We are watching a tornado that appears to be on the ground in the eastern portions of Granbury. Take shelter immediately if you are in the vicinity. A tornado warning is in effect for Tarrant, Wise, Parker, Hood and Johnson counties. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus
7:23p A dangerous storm is moving through Parker County, headed toward Weatherford and Tarrant County. We have received a photograph of a tornado near Millsap in far western Parker County. To the north, we're watching a thunderstorm in northern Wise and southern Montague County. It continues to produce large hail and damaging winds, targeting Sanger at 8:08. All of North Texas remains under a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Thursday. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus 2b1af7f3a8