Tornado Warnings

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Tornado Safety and Education

Tornado Aftermath 10 Interesting Facts About Tornadoes

How much do you really know about tornadoes? These quick 10 facts are a good introduction to anyone looking to learn!

Approaching Tornado Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning

Do you know what the difference is between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?

Tornado Safety What to Do During a Tornado Watch

There are two types of tornado alerts you may receive either on the radio, tv, or by word of mouth. Here's what you do if either is issued.

The Fujita Scale The Fujita Scale - Tornado Rating System

The Fujita scale, or the F-Scale, rates the intensity of a tornado based primarily on the damage that tornado inflicts.

Severe Thunderstorm 4 Extreme Tornado Videos on Youtube

All of the tornadoes in the following videos take place in Oklahoma, part of the "Tornado Alley."

What to Do in the Event of a Tornado

Home Hit by Tornado

Tornadoes Are Very Dangerous

Tornadoes are one of nature's most dangerous and violent forces of catastrophic events. They have the ability to cause damages through their abilities of reaching winds of 200 mph or more.

Tornadoes are formed when moist warm air moves toward colliding with a cold front. The meeting of these two different climatic conditions can result in causing heavy thunderstorms, strong winds, and tornadoes. In the United States, usually the most frequented areas of tornadoes occur in what is called the "tornado alley", which lies mostly in the South-Central States. Tornadoes can occur during any time of the year and any time of the day or night.

The group of people that are most at risk in being affected by a tornado are those that may not have enough time to react to its arrival, such as people on the road, the elderly, the physically and mentally impaired, and those that may not have access to news outlets in receiving tornado warnings.

Precautionary Steps You Can Take

Although tornadoes are a force of nature that cannot be stopped by any means, even with today's greatest advancements of technologies, there are certain precautionary steps one can take in the avoiding of being caught in the danger of a tornadoes path.

These steps can begin with being aware of the whereabouts of any possible nearby tornadoes. Listening for tornado watch alerts and tuning in to the news for tornado warnings are a start. Throughout the year, families should plan out a set of course of actions to take during a tornado for the different possible settings they may be in, such as at home, school, or work. During the planning, drills should be conducted in a manner as if a tornado is actually heading their way.

Advice on Where to Take Shelter

No place is completely safe from the heavy wrath a tornado can bring, however, predesignated plans of escape should still be designed.

  • An underground basement of a home is certainly going to be the safest place to be during the event of an oncoming tornado.
  • If a basement isn't available, then the most innermost area of the home will be next best option to go to. Stay as far away as possible from windows, as there are high possibilities of flying debris shattering and going through.
  • If caught outdoors, never try to outrun a tornado, not even if in a car. The problem with running from a tornado by driving is there may be unexpected traffic jams, which can be very likely due to a herd of people trying to escape as well.

Final Thoughts

You may not know the exact path of the tornado, and if there is a formed tornado in the area, there is also a chance of other tornadoes forming in the area as well. Instead of trying to drive away, one should try to find shelter or a nearby underground area to avoid being hit by the tornado and/or flying debris.

In the case there is a tornado too close to escape from and there happens to be a ditch in the ground, then it may be the safest area to dwell in for the time being. If possible, try to cover up with a somewhat heavy of an object to avoid being hit by flying debris. Again, this is a course of action to be taken as a last resort.