Weather alert: Tornado warning issued in Northeastern Oregon

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PENDLETON — The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a tornado warning for east central Morrow County and west central Umatilla County until 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

At 2:42 p.m., the National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm producing a tornado over southeastern Morrow County or 45 miles southwest of Pendleton moving north at 25 mph.

The tornado will otherwise remain over mainly rural areas of the indicated counties, the weather service said.

The weather service offered the following tips for those affected by the tornado: the safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is available, seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday for northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

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