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Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado

Severe Thunderstorms

Dangers that accompany thunderstorms:
  • Tornados
  • Flash Floods
  • Lightening
  • Damaging Winds
  • Large Hail
What to do:
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Move into a sturdy building or hardtop car
  • Avoid using electrical appliances or telephones

Tornado Watches and Warnings

A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has actually been sighted in the surrounding area. 

For current weather conditions consult the National Weather Service (NOAA).

If a tornado warning has been issued and you are inside:
  • Stay inside.
  • Stay away from outside walls, windows, mirrors, glass, overhead fixtures, and unsecured objects such as filing cabinets or bookcases.
  • If possible, move to a below-ground-level floor, interior corridor, or a room or office without windows.
  • Crouch low and use your hands to cover the back of your head and neck.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  • Do not leave the shelter area until after the storm is over.
  • Continue to monitor the weather via radio or television until the tornado watch has been lifted for your area.
If a tornado warning has been issued and you are outside:
  • Look for a nearby safe structure in which to take shelter.
  • If you are in your car, get out of it. Never try to outrun a tornado in your automobile.
  • If there is no shelter, lie down flat in a low area, such as a ditch located away from trees.
  • Use your hands to cover the back of your head and neck.