Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tornado warning yesterday!

Ok, the weather is getting to be a bit much here:

Twister spotted in Contra Costa

Saturday, January 23, 2010

(01-23) 13:40 PST BRENTWOOD --

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for eastern Contra Costa County today after a trained spotter reported a funnel cloud near Brentwood.

The funnel cloud was about 8 miles south of Oakley and moving southeast at 5 mph as of 1:11 p.m., the agency said.  The tornado warning is in effect until 2 p.m.

Tornadoes are rare in California and almost unheard of in the Bay Area, but this is the second time this week the weather service has issued a warning locally. Santa Clara County was put under a tornado warning Wednesday afternoon. No twister materialized.

The weather service says a basement is the best place to be should a tornado strike. If there's no basement, get in an interior hallway or room such as a closet on the lowest floor, cover yourself with blankets or pillows and stay away from windows.

People who are outside should lie flat in a low spot if a tornado strikes.

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