A Tornado Watch is in effect for Sanibel Island until 11:00 pm tonight. It means that conditions are right for the development of a tornado.
This watch means the public should pay close attention to the developing weather conditions and be very aware of their personal safety plan. Be prepared to protect yourself if the conditions deteriorate and pay close attention to the broadcast media for up to date information, alerts and reports of storm activity.
A "Tornado Warning" means that a tornado has been spotted or is visible on radar. In the event Sanibel is placed under a tornado warning, the city urges all residents, business owners, and visitors to take the following necessary precautions:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Stay indoors. If you are outside when a tornado strikes, try to find shelter immediately in the nearest substantial building. If no buildings are close, take cover by lying down flat in a ditch or depression.
4. If you are in a car, get out of your vehicle and try to find shelter. A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby.
5. Closely monitor electronic media or your emergency weather radio for severe weather notifications.
-Sanibel Police Department.