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McDowell County Emergency Management
Wednesday March 8th, 2023 :: 09:25 a.m. EST


DRILL ONLY: A statewide tornado watch for NC has been issued in observance of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

DRILL ONLY: A statewide tornado watch for North Carolina has been issued in observance of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

This is a drill message only.

In observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for McDowell County. Please note that a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form and citizens should be prepared to seek immediate shelter should a tornado warning be issued. This is only a drill.

Know where the nearest safe room is, such as a basement or interior room and away from windows, and go there immediately if you hear or see a tornado.

•If driving, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle, and do not stop under an overpass or a bridge.

•If you are outdoors, and there is no shelter available, take cover in a low-lying flat area. Watch out for flying debris.

•Following a storm, wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and gloves when walking on or near debris, and be aware of exposed nails and broken glass.

•Be aware of damaged power or gas lines and electrical systems that may cause fires, electrocution or explosions.

Know the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible. WARNING means a tornado has been spotted; take shelter immediately.

McDowell County Emergency Management
129 Barnes Rd
Marion, NC 28752

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 828-652-3241

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