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National Weather Service Issues Tornado Watch for Tuesday, August 22

Published August 22, 2017 at 1:41 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather condition alert for Western New York for Tuesday, August 22.  This includes a wind advisory in effect until 8 p.m. and a tornado watch until 9 p.m. The advisory also includes possible isolated hail. 

As described by the National Weather Service, a tornado watch indicates that tornadoes are possible in or near a large watch area covering numerous counties. A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted by weather radar and encompasses a much smaller area. 

If you are traveling to, from or on campus, be cautious and prepare for possible damage and downed power lines. 

The National Weather Service offers this guidance on what to do during a tornado:

  • Stay Weather-Ready: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.
  • At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don't forget pets if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School: Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
  • Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe.
  • In a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closest shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine.

Updates can be found at www.emergency.buffalo.edu and at http://www.weather.gov/