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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
331 PM CDT Tue Sep 19 2017


A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.
The following information and safety rules may save your life.

A watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the
development of severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes.
During a watch, you should go about your normal business, but
stay updated on the latest weather developments and be prepared
to go to a place of safety.

A warning means that severe thunderstorms or tornadoes have been
reported, or have been detected by radar. People in the warned
area should seek shelter immediately.

Tornadoes are natures most violent storms. In a home, the best
shelter is the basement under heavy furniture. If no basement is
available, get to the center of the house on the lowest floor.
Get into a closet, interior hall or a windowless bathroom. Stay
away from windows and doors. Protect your head with whatever you
can, a heavy blanket or even your hands.

In a school, office or similar type of building, go quickly to a
basement if available. If no basement is available, go to a
central hall or corridor on the lowest floor. Keep away from
outside walls, doors and windows. Stay out of auditoriums and
gymnasiums. If caught there, get under or next to something

If in a mobile home, whether it is tied down or not, seek shelter
in the nearest reinforced building.

If in a car and in open country, drive at right angles away from
the tornado. If in a car in an urban area, leave the vehicle and
get to a reinforced building.

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