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Tornado Safety Tips

- Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tips on What to Do Before and During a Tornado

Tornadoes happen without much notice. Today, we are at risk of experiencing one and having a safety plan in place will protect you and your belongings. Once you hear that there is a possible tornado near your home or that there is potential for a tornado, get to shelter immediately.

Here are tips you can follow to stay safe before and during one of these fierce storms.

Before the Storm

Tornadoes are quick-moving aggressive storms that can appear with little or no warning, and can change direction at any moment.

There is a difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning: A tornado watch means weather conditions are right for a tornado to form in your area, whereas a tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area.

Pay Attention to Warnings

When there are tornado alerts or warnings, tune to the NWS radio. This is dedicated to giving 24/7 updates on current weather conditions. Your local radio and TV stations will also announce NWS alerts.

Even if a tornado watch is issued for your area, stay inside and be aware of changing weather conditions.

Watch the Skies
Sometimes it's as simple as looking out your window. As long as the storm hasn't already hit, check the sky for the following danger signs:

  • Dark or green sky
  • Large hail
  • Large, dark, low-lying cloud
  • Strong wind that sound like a loud roar.

During the Storm

If you live on an upper floor, go to the lowest level of the building immediately, an underground garage, community room, or an apartment on the first floor. If you do not have enough time to get to a lower level, choosing a place in the hallway in the center of your building is your best option. If a tornado strikes while you are in your apartment, the safest place to be is in a closet, bathroom or interior hall without windows.

If you're outside and there's no shelter available, get as low as you can. Head for a ditch or land depression and cover your head. Do not go under a bridge or overpass.

Original article - ABC news