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National Weather Service issues Valley tornado alert

The Emergency Broadcasting System issued a tornado alert at 11:48 a.m. for the Yakima Valley today (Monday).

According to the National Weather Service, Doppler radar has indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado in the vicinity of Union Gap, moving northwest at 10 mph.

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under sturdy furniture. If no basement is available, people are encouraged to seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway. Use a blanket or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If caught outside, seek shelter in nearby reinforced buildings. As a last resort seek shelter in a ditch or low spot and cover your head.

Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to the local radio or television stations for updates or further alerts.

Tornado sightings in Central Washington are rare, but there have been several funnel clouds seen in recent weeks in the Yakima Valley.

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