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Tornadoes (Overview)

Tornadoes are a form of natural disaster that consists of a pillar of rotating air that can destroy objects and harm people in its path.


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How are tornados rated?

How are tornados rated?

Rated 0-5: Tornadoes are among the most dangerous storms on Earth and, as meteorologists strive to protect vulnerable populations through early warning, it helps to classify storms by severity and potential damage. http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/tornado3.htm ...Read more

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Tornadoes (Overview)

Tornadoes are a form of natural disaster that consists of a pillar of rotating air that can destroy objects and harm people in its path.


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How dangerous are tornadoes?

How dangerous are tornadoes?

Very dangerous: Tornadoes are extremely dangerous. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. They are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling heavy objects through the air. ...Read more

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Coping with Tornadoes (Checklist)

Listen to weather or emergency broadcast system and follow instructions
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If driving,try to get to an interior shelter and get out of the vehicle
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If home,get to most interior room and get under mattress
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What are the signs of a tornado?

What are the signs of a tornado?

Dark skies and...: Dark, often greenish clouds, filling the sky. A wall cloud, which is an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm. Clouds of debris. Large hail. A funnel cloud (a visible rotating extension of the cloud base). Roaring noises that continue. ...Read more

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Why can't you drive in tornado watch?

See below: You can drive. However, if there is a real threat for a tornado, a warning instead of a watch, it is probably best not to. A car is not a safe place to be in a tornado. ...Read more

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What should I do in case of a tornado?

Tornado preparedness: This fema site provides excellent recommendations: http://www.Ready.Gov/tornadoes. ...Read more

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Are mobile homes safe in a tornado zone?

Are mobile homes safe in a tornado zone?

They are not safe: Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home. If you have access to a shelter, go there. Do not wait until you can see the tornado. ...Read more

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What should I do if there's a tornado watch?

Follow plans: Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your designated safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! ...Read more