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Tornado watch has been cancelled for Cortland County

The National Weather Service has cancelled a tornado watch for Cortland County.

The watch was cancelled at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday.

Along with the threat of thunderstorms and damaging winds, the National Weather Service in Binghamton had issued the watch for 18 counties, including Cortland, initially until 8 p.m.

The American Red Cross offers tips for dealing with a tornado that include:

  • Identifying a safe place in the home where household members and pets can gather during a tornado including a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • In a high-rise building people should pick a hallway in the center of the building.
  • In a mobile home people should choose a safe place in a nearby, sturdy building.

The Red Cross reports that a tornado watch means a tornado is possible, while a tornado warning means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon.

The weather service also forecasts showers and thunderstorms between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., followed by a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m.

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