Andrea alert: Tampa Bay tornado watch through 10 p.m. Thursday

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The NOAA National Hurricane Center has extended the tornado watch for most of West-Central Florida through 10 p.m. Thursday, June 06.

Tornado Watch 283 will remain in effect until 10:00 pm EDT For the following locations FL.

Florida counties included: Alachua Baker Bradford Brevard Broward Charlotte Citrus Clay Collier Columbia Desoto Duval Flagler Gilchrist Glades Hardee Hendry Hernando Highlands Hillsborough Indian River Lake Lee levy Manatee Marion Martin Miami-Dade Nassau Okeechobee Orange Osceola Palm Beach Pasco Pinellas Polk Putnam Sarasota Seminole St. Johns St. Lucie Sumter Union Volusia

According to www.Ready.gov, some of the recommended actions are:

 Before:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Look for the following danger signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately…

More about: What to do before a tornado.

During:

  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
  • If you are in a structure, go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • If you are in a trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.
  • If you are in the outside with no shelter, immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

More about: What to do during a tornado.

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