Tornadoes are violent storms that can strike anywhere, at any time and with little warning. Tornadoes are the most dangerous form of extreme weather.
Stay alert to these danger signs:
- Severe thunderstorms with strong, gusty winds
- A dark, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from the sky to the ground
- A roaring sound
Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.
A tornado WATCH means conditions are favorable for a tornado.
A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted or detected by weather radar: Take shelter immediately!
- If you are at home, go to your basement or a central room on the lower level. Stay away from windows.
- If you are in a public building, go to the designated shelter area or a central room on the lower level. Stay away from windows.
If you are driving, stop your vehicle, get out and go to a storm shelter or lowest level in a nearby building.
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