Learn the warning signs of a tornado before its too late.
Tornados are violent storms that are produced from powerful thunderstorms and appear as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. They bring winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour and their damage paths are typically one mile wide and 50 miles long. They can cause much damage and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. First Protector is a great source of disaster recovery should your home be affected by a covered disaster.
It is very important to learn the warning signs and stay informed. Listen to the radio or television newscasts for the latest information. Pay close attention to the instructions given by local emergency officials and look out for the following warning signs:
Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued for your area and the sky becomes threatening, take shelter immediately.
If one of these warnings is issued in your area you must stay alert of the weather outside. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. Tornadoes generally occur near the edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear skies after a tornado. Below are the most common danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, rotating cloud
- Loud roar
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs above, be prepared to take shelter immediately. Depending on the type of structure you are in you should take the following steps:
If you’re in a home and there is no basement or cellar, go to an interior room on the lowest level of the home, such as a bathroom, closet, or hallway and keep all windows closed. The more walls between you and the outside, the better.
If you’re in your vehicle do not try to outrun the tornado. Instead, get out of your vehicle and seek shelter in the nearest sturdy, enclosed building. If you can’t find shelter, lie down in a low area with your hands covering your head and neck.
If you’re in a mobile home seek shelter elsewhere. Typically, mobile homes are not built to sustain a tornado.
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