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Thunderstorm Safety


The American Red Cross recommends the following safety tips when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued:


• If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.


• If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning, so go indoors. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.


• Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.


• Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.


• Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.


• If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.


• If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.


Tornado Safety


The American Red Cross recommends the following safety tips when a tornado watch is issued.


• The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.


• If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.


• Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.


• Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.


• If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.


• Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.


• Do not wait until you see the tornado.


If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:


• Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.


• If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.


• If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.



The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Susquehanna and Bradford counties in Pennsylvania and Broome and Tioga counties in New York until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Sugar Run, moving east at 35 mph. It was expected to be in Meshoppen by 6:45 p.m., Auburn by 6:50 p.m., Springville by 6:55 p.m., Hop Bottom by 7:05 p.m. and Harford by 7:15 p.m.
 
A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties until 11 p.m. Originally, it had been set to expire at 8 p.m.
 
The National Weather Service indicated that unusually strong winds and warm, humid air is setting the stage for a potentially large outbreak of severe weather. That outbreak could span across Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
 
A strong cold front will push east this afternoon, which will trigger a line of thunderstorms that will form over the eastern Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes Region.
 
The line of storms is expected to reach the greater Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
 
The storms could produce intense winds in excess of 70 miles per hour, frequent lightning, brief but intense rainfall and even the chance for an isolated tornado.
 
No tornado watches or warnings have been posted at this time.
 
Keep checking back with The Times Leader throughout the evening as the weather unfolds.
 
Original story
 
The National Weather Service in Binghamton warns of strong to severe thunderstorms for the Northeast.
 
Spotty showers and smaller thunderstorms are expected throughout the day, with strong winds and heavy rainfall expected in the early evening as a strong front approaches.
 
Strong winds are to bring the greatest threat, and a tornado or two could touch down, the weather service says.
 
Showers and thunderstorms could linger into Wednesday carried on gusty winds.
 
No hazardous weather is expected Thursday through Monday, the service says.
 

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