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Attractions remain open after tornado warning

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 21:25:46-05

A tornado warning affected some of the biggest attractions in Palm Beach County. But not for long.

Despite wet weather and heavy winds, people of all ages showed up at the South Florida Fair for a good time. A

Ahead of the tornado warning earlier, event organizers took precautions. They asked all workers, volunteers and guests to seek shelter in nearby building. They also shut down all 200 rides, which have since re-opened.

The attraction wasn't the only one taking safety precautions. About 10 miles away, Lion Country Safari, also put their emergency plan in place. When the park received a tornado warning alert, employees quickly sprung into action.

"We will evacuate people into buildings, get them to cover to safety," said Brian Dowling, a curator at Lion Country Safari. "Then we also put the lions away, put our birds away as well. All in all, it takes just a couple of minutes to do it."

The South Florida Fair will be open until midnight. It will reopen through the weekend and on Martin Luther King, Jr Day at 10 a.m. The last day of the fair is January 31.

The fair is hoping for big crowds and good weather.