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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.

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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.
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Coping with Tornadoes (Checklist)

Learn about tornado risks for your location
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Select a safe location at home in case of a tornado
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Review the tornado procedures for your school or workplace
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Set your smartphone to get severe weather alerts
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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: Not safe during a tornado... 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

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What if I'm in my car and a tornado is coming?

What if I'm in my car and a tornado is coming?

Shelter: Buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If you encounter dangerous flying debris along the way, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. ...Read more

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Will my community warn me if a tornado is coming?

Community waning: Know your community's warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornados, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes. ...Read more

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Should I lie on my baby if a tornado is bearing down?

Should I lie on my baby if a tornado is bearing down?

Might help: A mother in indiana recently saved her baby by lying on them during a tornado, but unfortunately lost her own life in the process. ...Read more

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Is it possible for tornadoes be harmful to your health?

Yes: Only if a flying object strikes you. Or winds force you abruptly into another object. ...Read more

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What if I don't have an underground or tornado safe room?

Go to strongest room: If there's a tornado coming... use a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building. ...Read more

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Where can I get information about tornados in the vicinity?

NOAA Weather Radio: During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings. ...Read more

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What's the difference between tornado watch and tornado warning?

Severity: In a tornado watch, circumstances are such that tornados are possible. A tornado warning means a tornado has been cited, and there is imminent danger to your life and property. ...Read more

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Where can I get more information about what to do during a tornado?

Healthtap...: ...But we need to know the question. What topic are you looking for more information on? ...Read more

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What months in the U.S. are safe from tornadoes, during when they don't happen?

Weather changes: I grew up in Miami, tornados on land. There were water spouts (small tornadoes) out in the deep bay or ocean, but they did not come to shore then. Recently water spouts have come on land in summer. In the midwest I think they happen during weather changes (betw seasons). Hurricaines safer if U R inland, not near water! I wrked in Iowa and freq Tornado scares? ...Read more

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How do I get my meds refilled, if I lost them all during the tornado evacuation?

CVS or Walgreens: Have your Rx filled at National chain. They have your records and will refill then usually no cost in times of disaster. ...Read more

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Is it true the most dangerous natural event is tornado? Is that because there is little warning?

Bad; not the worst: The most dangerous natural events in history have been epidemic infections which have killed millions during their course. The next most dangerous is earthquakes with subsequent tsunamis frequently killing hundreds of thousands at a time. Tornados can be pretty nasty but are localized, very destructive over a small area but nothing like the scale of epidemics and earthquakes. ...Read more

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What is the significance of tornados appearing in dreams?

What is the significance of tornados appearing in dreams?

Probably nothing: Dream interpretation has little basis in science. It is difficult to study as it is always retrospective and almost anyone can take a "stab" at interpreting your dream and reading anything they want into it. Dreaming is a complex phenomena. We know that dream sleep plays a role in consolidation of certain types of memory, but discerning the meaning of the content of dreams is like a carnival game. ...Read more

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Please share a myth about coping with tornadoes.

Refuge under bridge: During a tornado being under a bridge offers no protection and is dangerous ...Read more

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Why is it dangerous to go under underpass in tornado?

Same as a ladder: Because it or other things may fall on you. ...Read more

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What if I or someone else has been injured in a tornado?

What if I or someone else has been injured in a tornado?

Help if you know how: If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive. Call 911 if the phones are still working. ...Read more

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What do I do after being in a tornado as I am on dialysis?

What do I do after being in a tornado as I am on dialysis?

Go to ER: You need dialysis ASAP and under these circumstances may need to be admitted. ...Read more

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Is a plastic tub and wall a safe place to huddle in tornado?

No place safe: Tornadoes can get almost anywhere, but if you can get to a basement that is desirable. If not, the central portion of the house, away from windows is best. ...Read more

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Do senior home residents get evacuated during tornado warning?

Check SOP: I think you would need to check with the specific facility. Each should have a standardized operating procedure for emergencies (to include environmental emergencies). Depending on situation, it may be safer in some situations to maintain refuge within the facility (in place) as opposed to evacuating. My guess is that a lot would go into making this type of decision. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the anxiety I have when I think about tornadoes?

How can I deal with the anxiety I have when I think about tornadoes?

CBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help immensely with learning to manage anxiety. Consult with a psychologist here on HealthTap or in your community to start the process of developing healthy coping strategies. ...Read more

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What are the emergency precautions one should take in a tornado prone city?

Have a safe haven: You should be aware of the presence of tornadoes through the warning system of the national weather service in any city in which this occurs. Have a safe place to go, best in basement, and have a radio, cell phone, flashlight and other similar items readily available. ...Read more

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Why do I suddenly feel nauseous when I watch videos of tornadoes while I eat?

Why do I suddenly feel nauseous when I watch videos of tornadoes while I eat?

I do not know: This is relatively odd, and one explanation could be you simply have a phobia of tornadoes and when you watch a movie, it causes you to get nauseous. Best to avoid tornadoes and movies of them, especially when eating. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do elementary teachers do to keep kids calm during incoming storm and tornado?

What do elementary teachers do to keep kids calm during incoming storm and tornado?

Ask them: This is best answered by the source...The teachers. Hopefully they have been trained in keeping them calm and following a plan. ...Read more

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Where at home is the second best place to be during a tornado, besides hiding in the bathtub?

Generally: Away from doors and windows

Inner room
Near but not under a firm table or firm furniture!
Ceilings can collapse so choose carefully
See Red Cross or websites for crisis ...Read more

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If you see tornado when driving, how do you know whether to stop and hide, or stay in the car and drive?

Hide in a ditch.: Tornados move very rapidly if you see one, and it is always better to find a low spot by the roadside like a ditch or culvert, because cars become airborne if involved with the tornado and they don't have wings like an airplane to land "safely". ...Read more

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During power outage like in tornado or storm, how can I comfort my toddler when I am scared to death myself?

During power outage like in tornado or storm, how can I comfort my toddler when I am scared to death myself?

Be there for them: First, have a plan. If there's a plan, you'll be less scared (i have flashlights, and know where the matches are, and there are strategically placed candles, etc). Then you have something to do, and that helps. If your toddler sees you doing things, they may want to help. It can be tremendously hard to remain calm, but as a parent, you have to remember you're there to protect them. ...Read more

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Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Shootings on nearby campus yesterday, tornado on cousin's campus today. How do I prepare my teen for disasters?

Have a: Heart to heart talk and explain that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Enlisting the help/counsel of a clergyman would be valuable. ...Read more

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