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Ellinwood residents warned to take cover

POSTED April 14, 2012 3:19 p.m.

5 p.m. from the National Weather Service:

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEASTERN BARTON AND WESTERN RICE COUNTIES UNTIL 515 PM CDT... AT 455 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ELLINWOOD...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH. HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO. IMPACT...SIGNIFICANT HOUSE AND BUILDING DAMAGE POSSIBLE. MOBILE HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED IF HIT. SOME TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. VEHICLES WILL LIKELY BE THROWN BY TORNADIC WINDS. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... STERLING...CHASE...CLAFLIN...BUSHTON...LYONS...SILICA AND FREDERICK. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS. HEAVY RAINFALL MAY HIDE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

Severe weather is expected to continue into the night.

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