25 August 2006

What was that about moving to Washington Heights when our lease is up?

Michael just informed me that, ahem, there is a tornado warning for New York City. Because that's not the sort of thing one can just believe, weather.com clarifies and corroborates:

TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY 1040 AM EDT FRI AUG 25 2006

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTHERN NEW YORK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK... SOUTHWESTERN BRONX COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK... BERGEN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY...

* UNTIL 1115 AM EDT...

* AT 1038 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS...OR ABOUT NEAR RIDGEFIELD... MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... HARLEM AND MOTT HAVEN BY 1045 AM.

IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZED HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE...SEEK SHELTER IN A NEARBY REINFORCED BUILDING. AS A LAST RESORT...SEEK SHELTER IN A CULVERT...DITCH OR LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES... EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.
Pfft. Sad I'm not far enough north. (Jeremy, you okay? Oh, wait, you're at the beach with your family. Never mind.) I love the "if in mobile homes... lie flat in the nearest ditch" stuff. So not written for this part of the country.

2 comments:

Wil said...

Whoa. I was in an all-but-tornado while driving through the middle of Illinois. (While listening to Illinoise. Great exp.) But be safe, you.

Jeremy said...

I was actually here at the time. I didn't see any tornado. There was a whole heckload of rain, though. I stepped out of the subway station and Joni Mitchell's "River" happened to be playing on my iPod and there was the street, looking kind of like a river. Luckily, I was coming home and wearing flip-flops. It was kinda like wading through the shallows down at the beach. But it's not normally like that, I promise!

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