First, it’s important to note the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. 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. A tornado watch indicates that the weather conditions make it possible for a tornado to form.
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. You may have heard that a bathroom is the safest place in the home, however, it is actually the basement. Never choose upstairs locations because tornado wind speeds increase with height above the ground.Choose rooms on the north and east sides of your shelter if no interior rooms are available. A warning means that there has been a funnel cloud spotted and you need to go inside to a storm shelter or the nearest safe place in your building.
By staying underground, you are less likely to get hit with debris, you are also out of the way of the tornadoes path above.

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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