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000 NOUS41 KBOX 031304 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-040115- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 904 AM EDT Thu May 3 2018 ...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK - THE CONCORD TORNADO AND TORNADO SAFETY... The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston, MA has declared April 30 through May 4 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Each day this week we will highlight a different preparedness topic. At approximately 322 AM on the morning of August 22 2016 an EF1 tornado touched down in Concord, Massachusetts. Fortunately there were no fatalities or serious injuries. The tornado had a path length of a half mile and a path width of 400 yards. Maximum wind gusts were estimated at 100 mph. It was the fifth tornado on record to occur in Massachusetts between midnight and 6 AM. On average, a few tornadoes occur each year in southern New England. Most are brief and weak with a rating of EF0 or EF1. They also are more common across the interior than along the coast because the proximity of the ocean often acts as a limiting factor. It is quite unusual for a tornado to occur during the morning hours although it is not completely unprecedented. We know that tornadoes do occur here, such as the EF3 in Monson and Springfield, Massachusetts in 2011, the EF2 in Revere, Massachusetts in 2014, and several weaker tornadoes in southern New England. The question is, are people prepared? Take these steps to ensure that you and your family are safe during a Tornado Warning. When your area is under a tornado warning, or if you see a tornado approaching, you should seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head. The following are safety tips for seeking shelter during high winds and tornadoes. If you are in a structure such as a residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, or high- rise building: 1. Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (such as a closet, bathroom, or interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. 2. In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hall way on the lowest floor possible. 3. Do not open windows. If you are in a manufactured home or office: 1. Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes. If you are outside with no shelter available, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take, because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include: 1. Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible. 2. Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible. 3. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. 4. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Make sure that you know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means that you should be prepared because conditions are such that a tornado could form, somewhere within the large Watch area. However, a Tornado Warning means that you need to take action! A tornado is either occurring, or is imminent, based on radar or spotter observations! During a Tornado Watch, check for forecast updates, keep an eye to the sky, and know where to take shelter. During a Tornado Warning, take shelter immediately! Seek further forecast information on NOAA Weather Radio, the NWS website, or local media outlets for the latest updates. $$ For the latest updates, please visit our webpage at www.weather.gov/boston You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWSBoston You can follow us on Twitter at @NWSBoston

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