Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Charleston, SC

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000 NOUS42 KCHS 190830 PNSCHS GAZ087-088-099>101-114>119-137>141-SCZ040-042>045-047>052-200830- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Charleston SC 430 AM EDT Fri Apr 19 2019 ...SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EVENT POSSIBLE TODAY... Severe thunderstorms with tornadoes are possible on Friday across much of Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia. Now is a good time to review some safety rules. ...The Difference Between a Watch and a Warning... A watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. A watch is issued to alert the public that severe weather is possible during the next several hours. A warning is issued by the National Weather Service when a severe thunderstorm or tornado has been detected by radar or if one has been sighted. A warning requires quick action as there is an immediate danger to both life and property. ...Tornado Safety Rules... ...In Homes and Apartments... Take cover in the center portion of a house or apartment, on the lowest floor, preferably in a small interior room such as a closet or bathroom. Crouch down and cover your head with your hands. Try and cover yourself with blankets or some sort of thick padding to help protect against falling debris in case the roof or ceiling fails. Stay away from windows and do not open them. Open windows will allow damaging winds to enter the structure. ...In Schools, Hospitals and Shopping Centers... Move to pre-designated shelter areas if a Tornado Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches. Interior hallways on the lowest floor that do not open to the outside are best. Stay out of auditoriums, lunch rooms, gyms or other structures with wide free-span roofs. ...In Cars... Do not try and outrun a tornado. Take shelter in a sturdy structure if one is available, otherwise get into the nearest ditch or low lying area until the tornado passes. Overpasses do not provide adequate shelter from tornadoes and should be avoided. ...In Mobile Homes... Get out. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds and should be evacuated when a tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued. Mobile homes, even if they are tied down, do not provide protection from tornadoes. ...Outside Areas... Move inside a sturdy building if a Tornado Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches. If this is not an option, lie flat and face down in a nearby ditch or culvert and cover your head with your hands. Make sure the ditch or culvert is not subject to flooding. ...After a Tornado Hits... Keep your family or group together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. Carefully render first aid to those who are injured, if possible. Stay away from downed power lines and puddles with wires in them. Watch your step and avoid broken glass, nails and other sharp objects. Avoid heavily damaged structures as they could collapse at any time. Do not smoke, use matches or lighters in case leaking natural gas pipes or fuel takes are nearby. Remain calm and alert. Listen for information and instructions from emergency crews or local emergency officials. Severe Thunderstorm Watches or Tornado Watches will likely be issued for portions of the region on Friday. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, TV or your local news source for the latest weather information from the National Weather Service. Be sure to keep your NOAA Weather Radio in alert mode at all times. Additional information including forecasts, radar images and severe weather warnings can be found on the internet at www.weather.gov/chs. $$

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