June 17, 2021
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Tornado watch issued for Douglas County

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County until 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Douglas County Emergency Management.

The area is also at enhanced risk for severe weather, including damaging winds and possible tornado with storms around midnight, DCEM said in a tweet Saturday.

If the tornado watch becomes a tornado warning, folks in the area should take cover, preferably in a basement but away from windows on the lowest level of a structure. “Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside,” according to the county’s emergency resources page.

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Here’s more information from Douglas County on how to prepare for tornados.

Douglas County residents can sign up for the Northeast Kansas Regional Notification System, which is a free call notification system to provide residents with health and safety information, including weather alerts from the National Weather Service in Topeka.

As the Times reported, Vassar-area residents should not rely on the outdoor tornado warning system and should instead use a weather radio, TV or other means to access up-to-date weather information.

In addition to weather radios, follow @dgcoem on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-date information.

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