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About the authorA first hand witness to thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters, Sean Scott, a second generation building contractor specializing in disaster restoration, became aware that survivors were ill equipped to take the steps to recovery.
As a recent online article shares the staggering news that the most recent tornadoes to hit Oklahoma were the largest on record, the latest was over two and a half miles wide. But by chance, the storm was also being tracked by a separate, experimental radar system designed to give more precise information.
With the deadly tornadoes that devastated the Oklahoma City area in May to the formation of Tropical Storm Andrea on June 5 in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Tornadoes, in particular, are a dangerous threat because they can strike almost anywhere in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic states with little or no warning. Protect yourself and your family members from flying debris, by putting on bicycle helmets or holding a blanket. If time permits, grab your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, as well as a battery-powered flashlight and several bottles of water.
It’s important to have a family or business tornado plan in place well before a tornado watch is issued.
Finally, if your property has suffered tornado damage, it’s a good idea to contact a public adjuster to represent your interests when filing an insurance claim.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. A House: If the house has a basement or underground shelter, that is the safest place to go. An Apartment Building, Office Building, Store, or Other Large Building: If possible, go to the lowest floor of the building.
Tornadoes come and go in a matter of minutes, so being familiar with tornado safety rules and being able to quickly follow them is crucial.  Review these tips with your friends and family to make sure you are prepared for the next storm. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tornadoes in the United States are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolated twisters, according to a study by U.S. Looking at tornado activity over the past six decades, the study in the journal Science found the total number of tornadoes annually remaining rather steady, averaging 495.
On the list of the 10 single days with the most tornadoes since 1954, eight have occurred since 1999, including five since 2011.
Some experts have blamed weather intensity seen in recent years on global climate change they attribute to human activities. The average number of days annually with at least 20 tornadoes has more than doubled since the 1970s to upwards of five days per year in the past decade. Records for both the most and fewest tornadoes over a 12-month period have come in the past five years, with 1,050 from June 2010 to May 2011 and 236 tornadoes from May 2012 to April 2013. Tornadoes, rapidly spinning columns of air usually spawned by rotating thunderstorms, can be among the most violent weather events. Tornadoes can cause extensive loss of life and property damage like the May 2011 twister in Joplin, Missouri, that killed about 160 people and wrecked thousands of homes. This photo provided by Joey Mure, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. This photo provided by Michael Abrams, shows a storm cloud over the Breezy Point area of Queens section of New York, on Saturday, Sept. Threatening clouds continue to move through southern Tarrant and Dallas counties after a tornado swept through Lancaster, Texas on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.


Lightning streaks across the sky in Tyler, Texas as a powerful line of thunderstorms, several spawning tornados moved across Texas, Tuesday evening, April 3, 2012.
A Thursday, June 7, 2012 photo provided by Andrew Kniss shows a funnel cloud, seen from Kniss's car on Highway 34, near Wheatland, Wyoming. A funnel cloud dips down from the clouds on Saturday, April 14, 2012, just southwest of Otis, Kansas as severe thunderstorms roll across Kansas. A funnel cloud begins to form over the Canebrake Subdivision of Athens, Ala., Friday, March 2, 2012. Unaided, or misguided, disaster survivors struggle to successfully navigate the complex process, and so, The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors was born.
It's part of a network of sensors that help scientists track and predict tornadoes and other weather. In addition to being tracked by the existing NEXRAD radar system, this storm was also being monitored by an experimental radar system that provided more precise information about the tornado's behavior and path.
And as the tornado approached Newcastle, the city's emergency manager was studying data from that system. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. Few will be as powerful as  the 210-mph EF5 tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20 killing 24 people, injuring more than 375 others, and destroying more than 12,000 homes and commercial buildings.
Wear shoes or boots when you go outside since there may be broken glass or debris on the ground. After all, you deserve to receive a fair and equitable settlement from your insurer that covers your losses and puts you on the right path to rebuilding your life. If it does not, seek shelter in an interior room on the first floor, ideally one without windows such as a bathroom or closet. Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows.  Do not use the elevators in case the power goes out. If you cannot get to a shelter, park the car, keep your seat belt on, and put your head down below the windows.
Since the 1970s, there have been fewer days with tornadoes but plenty more days with many of them, sometimes dozens or more.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, said emergency management agencies and insurers should be prepared to deal more often with days with lots of tornado damage. For days with at least 30 tornadoes, there has been an average of three per year in the past decade, compared to 0.6 days per year in the 1970s. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.
The rare quarter-mile-wide tornado cut a swath across mainly open country in southeastern Wyoming, damaging homes, derailing empty train cars and leaving one person with minor injuries, officials said. Homes were damaged and utilities were interrupted when several suspected tornadoes struck Limestone County Friday morning. The twister hit on Tuesday in Tehama County, just south of Redding, bringing lightning and large hail. Scientists want to supplement this system with an even more precise tracking system to help them become better at predicting severe weather.
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If there is a ditch where you can lie below the level of the car, leave the car and lie face down. Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. A Fire Department spokesman said there were power lines down and possibly other damage in the Point Breeze section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns, killed at least three people and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country on Friday, in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week. The twister was part of a powerful storm system that rolled through parts of Colorado and Wyoming Thursday afternoon and evening, packing heavy rains, high winds and hail. Officials say an agriculture office was destroyed and other buildings damaged as tornadoes touched down in southwestern Oklahoma Monday. The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells the Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins.
Tornadoes are most prevalent in Oklahoma in the spring, but the state has a secondary severe weather season in autumn. There were reports of two other tornadoes — one in Richfield, and the other east of the I-5 between Corning and Red Bluff.
Rick Curry, NWS observation program leader in Wakefield, Va., says there have been unconfirmed reports of a tornado and wind damage near 75th Street on Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as a line of strong thunderstorms moved through the city. Already, the system collects more than 10 times as much data as the nation's weather balloons, Lev says.
The service said radar detected a "strong rotation" in the storm, but there was no immediate confirmation that a twister actually formed.
Fire department spokesman Ryan Whittington says buildings and multiple vehicles were damaged in the 75th Street area, but no major injuries were reported. He says town officials are working with NWS to determine what kind of weather event caused the damage. And data from Weather Service radar showed the tornado would cross the southern part of Newcastle about 25 miles up Interstate 44. They sit on dedicated towers several stories high and can track storms that are more than 100 miles away.
CASA wants to augment the existing system with lots of smaller radar antennas attached to buildings or cellphone towers. As a result, the earth blocks their view of anything that's far away and close to the ground.
But 69 weather balloons launched twice a day doesn't provide enough data for really good forecasting, says Bruce Lev, a pilot and part of a company called AirDat.



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