What Are The Warning Signs of A Tornado?
Warning Signs of a Tornado
If you see these warning signs of a tornado, go inside immediately and check your local weather announcements for watches or warnings. Tornadoes can hit seemingly out of nowhere and destroy everything in their path - flipping cars, uprooting trees, and even taking the roof off of homes or businesses.
- Dark, green tinted sky
- Wall clouds, or a cloud of debris
- A funnel-shaped cloud
- Large hail without rain
- Roaring noise, similar to a freight train
- Unusual calmness of wind
What’s The Difference Between A Tornado Watch Vs. Warning?
A tornado watch means that the current outdoor weather conditions are just right for a tornado to form. When you receive notification of a warning, you should continue watching your local weather announcements and avoid going outside until you’ve been told it has passed.
A tornado warning means that the weather is right for a tornado and one has been identified in your surrounding area. When you receive notification of a warning, immediately find shelter and take cover.
What Should You Do When A Tornado Hits?
If you have a tornado warning in your area, according to ready.gov you should do the following:
- Go inside the nearest building if possible.
- Go to a safe room, basement or cellar. If there is no basement, take shelter in a small interior room on the lowest floor of the building.
- Stay away from all windows, doors, or outside walls.
- Stay away from bridges or overpasses if possible - look for low, flat locations to take shelter if you’re outside or in your car.
- Stay aware of any flying debris that can injure you if you are outside.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck regardless of where you are.
During a tornado, you should do the following:
- Stay in your safe location and do not leave until you know it is safe to do so.
- Better protect yourself from flying or falling debris by putting your arms around your head and neck and barricading furniture or blankets around you to protect from heavy objects.
- Listen to your local emergency or weather station for updates.
- Do not try to outrun tornadoes in a car. Find a relatively sheltered, low place where you can put your arms over your head and crouch.
What Do You Do After?
- Continue listening for weather updates to be sure nothing else is coming your way.
- If you are trapped, cover your mouth to try and not breath in dust or debris. Send a text, bang on a wall or a pipe, or whistle instead of yelling for help.
- Stay clear of any fallen power lines or trees.
- Do not reenter buildings that have been damaged until you're told they are safe (This will likely not be the same day).
- When cleaning up any debris, be sure to wear thick gloves and work boots for safety.
- Call your insurance company if your home or business has been damaged by the tornado.
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