A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. While much of the focus during severe weather is on tornadoes, wind and hail, there are actually more deaths caused each year by flooding and lightning, which are also commonly associated with severe weather. When a tornado approaches, the safety place to be is in an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
Remember: Overpasses offer NO PROTECTION from tornadoes and should not be used as sheltering areas.
During any thunderstorm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings and check the Weather-Ready Nation tips.


Pick a tornado safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
Conduct a family tornado drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes. If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.


Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states. If you know what to do before, during, and after a tornado you can increase your chances of survival.



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