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Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

Lawrence area under tornado watch

Festival-goers advised to ‘hunker down’ in severe weather

June 7, 2007

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch this afternoon that includes Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth and Johnson counties. The watch, which means weather conditions are favorable for producing storms that could produce tornado, is in effect until 10 p.m.

The NWS also advised that there's a possibility of strong thunderstorms that could produce strong winds and damaging hail in Lawrence.

For people at or planning on going to the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, they're advised to "hunker down" if the weather gets bad today, according to Brett Mosiman, concert organizer.

"The idea is it's no different than camping on any other weekend," Mosiman said. "You have to seek cover and get yourself in a safe situation."

If tornados or especially severe weather occurs, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has patrol cars with megaphones and public address systems that will give concertgoers information on what to do.

Lt. Kari Wempe, sheriff's office spokeswoman, said that there is no storm shelter at the festival grounds and that concertgoers should head toward their vehicles or seek low-lying areas if the weather turns severe.

"Obviously, that's something we're concerned about," Wempe said.

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