Nature’s most violent storms!

Tornadoes can have winds over 300 miles an hour, and can leave damage paths in excess 50 miles long and one mile wide.

Tornado Facts:

  • They can strike quickly, with little or no warning.
  • Tornado’s have a forward speed of 30-70 miles an hour.
  • They can appear nearly transparent until they pick up dust and debris.
  • Tornadoes occur most often between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Tornado’s usually move in a Southwest to Northeast direction.
  • Tornadoes that form over water are called Waterspouts.

Tornado Watch
Tornadoes are possible, keep alert.

Tornado Warning
Tornado(s) have been reported or seen on radar.

Before a Tornado

Be alert to changing weather conditions.

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or the news for updated reports and advisories.
  • Be prepared to take shelter if needed.

Look for these tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, or green skies
  • Hail
  • A dark low-lying clouds, and cloud rotation.
  • A loud roaring sound similar to a freight train.

During a Tornado

Take shelter immediately!

Surviving a Tornado
Surviving a Tornado

If you’re in a home, building, or other structure

  • Take shelter in a safe room, basement, and storm shelter on the lowest level.
  • Alternative shelter: Take shelter on the lowest level of an interior room away from windows and doors. Find a closet if possible in the center of the structure.
  • Protect your head and neck.

Surviving a Tornado Outside
Surviving a Tornado Outside

If you’re Outside
  • Take shelter inside is possible.
  • Lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
  • Watch out for flying debris, it is the leading cause of death during a tornado!
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge!(There was a tornado video years back that showed people taking shelter under an overpass: they survived. Many people assumed this was a safe location because of this video. The fact is that the winds accelerate under an overpass, and offers no protection from flying debris. Many people have been killed taking shelter under overpasses and bridges.)


A vehicle or mobile home

  • Get out immediately! Find a suitable shelter quickly as outlined above (Structure & Outside).

American Red Cross Tornado Safety Video

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