What to do during a Tornado Watch

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Tornado Watch is in effect for much of the KXAN viewing area, including Austin, until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tornado Watch means that the atmospheric ingredients are in place to create a tornado, but does not necessarily mean that a tornado is on the ground. During a Tornado Watch, you should review your safety plan in case a warning is issued, and remain weather-aware as you go about your day.

Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is on the ground or appears imminent. This means to take cover now.

Where do I go in a Tornado Warning?

  • If you are in a mobile home, leave immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy, permanent structure nearby
  • In a home or business, go to the lowest floor or basement in an interior room with no exterior walls
  • Ensure the room does not have any windows
  • Protect yourself with heavy blankets or bicycle helmets in case flying debris does enter the structure
  • Stay with KXAN and your First Warning Weather app for live updates

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