Tornados, like hurricanes, have watched and warnings. A tornado is a violent windstorm with a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud. It is spawned by a thunderstorm or a hurricane and is produced when cool air overrides a layer of warm air, forcing the warm air to rise rapidly. Tornados are also seasonal (March-August) and normally occur in the afternoons and evenings, but if the conditions are right, they can happen anytime, anywhere.
Suggested Safety Tips
- If outdoors, get inside immediately. In the absence of shelter, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building, using your arms to protect your head and neck. Avoid standing underneath a single large tree, especially in an open area.
- If in a car, stay in the car with emergency flashers on, pull safely onto the shoulder of the road away from any trees, power lines and flooded roadways. Unless it’s a tornado, get out of the car, seek shelter or a low-lying area away from the car.
- If on campus or in an off-campus residence, go to a “safe room”, or get under a sturdy piece of furniture or in the bathtub under a mattress. If you are in a mobile home or “trailer type” office space-GET OUT.