BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M. – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.
During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish clouds
- Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
- Cloud of debris
- Large hail
- Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
- Roaring noise
The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.
Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not wait until you see the tornado. The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room. Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.
For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.