Tornado Warnings Expire

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 3:12 PM PDT
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Tornado Warnings Expire

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA - JANUARY 28: Pads for new home construction are left dormant under a stormy sky after new-home sales tumbled to the lowest mark in 12 years during December and prices fell sharply, where a recent housing boom has been taking place January 28, 2008 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. New home sales in the US dropped an unexpected 4.7 per cent last month and sales in December hit an annual pace of 604,000, the lowest level since 1995, the Commerce Department announced this week. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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The National Weather Service issued two tornado warnings within hours of each other Tuesday.

The first tornado warning issued Tuesday covered the cities of Vista, Oceanside, Fallbrook, Encinitas and Carlsbad from 2 p.m .to 2:30 p.m.

The second tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service targeting the South Bay. It expired at 3:15 p.m. PT. The cities involved were San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, El Cajon, Coronado and Chula Vista.

A line of storms capaable of producing a tornado was crossing the county. The storms were forecasted to produce hail to near 1 inch in diameter, according to the NWS.

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. If you don't have a basement, look for shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or a room like a closet.

Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If you're in a vehicle, get inside to shelter. If that's not possible, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands. 

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