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Tornado Warning Over for Onondaga, Cayuga and Cortland Counties

A tornado warning has just ended for the following counties in central New York:

-- Cayuga

-- Cortland

-- Onondaga

This tornado warning ended at 7 pm.

A tornado warning means there is imminent danger for serious weather to approach your area. In addition to damaging winds, lightning, torrential rain and hail, there is the potential for a tornado in the path of the strongest part of the storm.

A tornado warning is issued when Doppler radar shows a developing tornado, or a when tornado has been sighted by weather spotters, county emergency officials, police, or the public. The warning means a tornado could move through your county very soon, so you need to take immediate action to protect your life and property. You should seek shelter immediately.

If your area has a tornado warning, here is what you should do:

-- Remain calm, but take immediate action.

-- If you are at home or in a small building, the safest place is a basement. If no basement is available, go to an interior room on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress.

-- If you are in a school, hospital, or shopping center, go to a pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and windows.

-- If you are in a high-rise building, go to an interior small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use the elevator, use the stairs instead. Stay away from windows

-- If in mobile homes or vehicles, evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. Tornados can easily toss and destroy these structures.

-- If outside with no shelter available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands

-- Do not go outside to your car. If driving, do not seek shelter under a highway overpass

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