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Facts about Tornadoes:
- Although they occur in many parts of the world, they are most frequently found in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months.
- In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.
- A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.
- The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be over one mile wide and 50 miles long.
- Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.
- It's a MYTH that windows should be opened before a tornado approaches. Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Instead, go immediately to a safe place.
Know the terms:
Tornadoes are possible your region. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather radio, AM/FM radio, or television for updated information.Watches are intended to heighten public awareness and should not be confused with warnings.
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm. Move to safety immediately.
When a Tornado Warning is Issued:
- Prepare BEFORE a warning is issued. Develop a plan for you and your family at home, school, and when outdoors.
- When threatening weather is imminent, remain calm, but take immediate action.
- In a home or building, move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
- If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor and get under a sturdy piece of furniture.
- Stay away from windows.
- Get out of automobiles.
- Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave it immediately.
- If caught outside or in a vehicle, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression.
- Get out of mobile homes. Even if they are tied down, mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes.
After the Storm:
- Help injured or trapped persons. DO NOT try to move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
- Turn on the radio or television to get the latest emergency information. Obey all curfews and emergency orders.
- Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Leave buildings immediately if you smell gas or chemical fumes.
- Don't use your electricity if you suspect damaged or wet wiring, or a gas leak.
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