Tornado Safety

Tornado Safety

Tornadoes are the unpleasant happenings of spring. These savage storms that quickly drop their long, gray funnels from storm clouds, pack killer winds of up to 225 miles per hour. Fifty-four percent of the tornadoes occur in the spring, with May averaging nearly five tornadoes each day.

Now is the time to plan ahead for a safe place to evacuate in case of a tornado. A basement or storm cellar is the best place to get. In homes without basements, take cover in the central part of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Protect yourself from any possible flying glass.

Motorists caught traveling during a tornado should drive at right angles to the approaching storm. If trapped, get out of the vehicle and lay face down with head protected in a ditch or culvert.

Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds and should be evacuated when strong winds are forecast.

There are two warnings that could spell the difference between life and death. "Tornado Watch" means weather conditions are ripe for a tornado to develop. "Tornado Warning" means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar. The warning will describe the area affected. Persons in that area should take cover immediately.