UPDATE: A tornado watch has now been issued. Click here to learn more.

Spring, Texas – A tornado watch is likely to be issued within the next hour as the squall line approaches the Houston Metroplex.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, there is a 95% chance that a tornado watch will be issued for portions of Southeast Texas.

A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and/or close to the watch area.

WAYS TO PREPARE AND TO STAY SAFE:

Before
  • Watch out for dark, rotating clouds. If you see one, take shelter immediately!
  • Listen for a tornado siren. If you hear it, seek shelter immediately!
  • Turn on your TV/radio. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Avoid unnecessary car trips. You don’t want to be caught outside if a tornado comes.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. These may become a safety hazard.
During
  • Take shelter immediately! Flying debris from high winds causes most injuries.
  • Keep windows closed and stay away from them. Glass from broken windows can injure you.
  • If you’re in a building, go to the basement or lowest floor. That’s the safest location.
  • If you’re in a mobile home, go to the nearest building or storm shelter. Even if tied down, your home can’t protect you.
  • If you’re driving, fasten your seatbelt and go to the nearest building for cover. You’re safer indoors.
  • If your car gets hit by debris, stop, cover your head, and stay below the windows. You’re safer inside the car than outside.
  • If you’re outside, lie down in a low, flat area and cover your head with your hands. You’re safer lying down than standing up.
After
  • Avoid entering damaged buildings. Broken glass and exposed nails can injure you.
  • Keep away from downed power lines and objects touching them. You can be electrocuted.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking through debris. Stepping on nails and glass can injure you.

 

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