A tornado is one of nature’s most violent storms. Destructive tornadoes can move through our area very quickly. Regardless of where you live, everyone needs to learn what to do in case of a tornado. It pays to know how to keep yourself and your family safe. The general rule for tornado safety is “go low and get low,” meaning go to the lowest level of the structure away from windows and crouch in a low position with your head covered.
Tornado Watches and Warnings
When severe thunderstorms threaten, weather experts advise people to pay close attention to weather forecasts, watches, and warnings. Environmental clues that may indicate an approaching tornado include a dark, often greenish sky, large hail, and a loud roar similar to a freight train. To alert the public about possible tornadoes, the National Weather Service
issues watches and warnings.
Be Familiar with the Terminology
A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. If a watch is broadcast, stay tuned for further information, possible warnings, and be prepared to take cover.
A tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar. Warnings are issued for individual counties and include the tornado’s location, direction, and speed.
- Do not attempt to look for the tornado.
- If you are in or near its path, seek shelter immediately.