I am in a tornado watch right now and i keep hearing sounds that are a mix between thunder and trains. At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head.On April 27, 2011, a series of deadly tornadoes destroyed parts of Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Birmingham and rural communities in northwest Alabama killing 247 people [498 KB] and nearly injuring 1,400. If you are in a storm with heavy rain and hail, and it suddenly stops and becomes eerily quiet, it may be a sign of an impending rain-wrapped tornado.


The storm’s updraft creates hail and is located right above the tornado, so, hail (especially large golf ball size or larger) is a sign indicative of a possible tornado. A loud continuous roar, rumble, or waterfall sound which does not quickly fade out like thunder, may be a sign that a tornado is approaching. If you notice debris falling from the sky, it may be a sign that a tornado has formed and has scoured objects from the ground – hurling them up to great distances. If at night you see bright ground flashes near a thunderstorm (blue-green-white), it may be a sign that a tornado is blowing out power transformers and power lines there.
One time many years ago a rather large tornado passed within a half mile of my house it sounded like a train and as I was carrying my children(they were toddlers then) to the cellar it was all I could do to walk against the wind.


Nearly a month later, a monster tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare.



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