If you are in a tornado watch area, here are three quick tips to keep in mind:
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
- Look for the following danger signs:
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
If you are in a car during a tornado, you should take the following actions:
- Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or other cushion, if possible.
- If you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
- Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Never try to outrun a tornado in a car or truck.
What is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?
A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar – time to take cover!
The local National Weather Service office issues tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.