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Tornado Watch on Sanibel extended until 8 p.m.

By Staff | Mar 31, 2011

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. today for Sanibel and all of Southwest Florida. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is approaching us from the east with damaging winds of 40 mph possible from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After 1 p.m., the severe threat may continue with gusty winds to 40 mph and thunderstorms which could produce 1 to 3 inches of rain.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are right for tornado activity in your immediate area. You are advised to closely monitor the local weather on television and radio. If a Tornado Warning is issued, please take the following the safety precautions:

• Go to an inside room without windows on the lowest level of the house (a closet, bathroom or interior hall). Protect your body from flying debris with a heavy blanket or sleeping bag.

• Avoid windows. Opening windows to equalize pressure is ineffective in reducing damage during a tornado. Don’t worry about the windows; worry about finding shelter and protecting yourself.

Source: SPD