tornado in the sky

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Tornadoes are nature’s most dangerous storms, with winds reaching 300 mph destroying homes and lives in seconds. They can strike suddenly without warning. They can be nearly transparent. They can move in any direction. They travel 30 mph on average but sometimes as fast as 70 mph. And they usually strike between 3 pm and 9 pm but they can appear at any time.

In the south, peak tornado season runs from March through May. In the north, they strike from late spring through early summer. What should you do if a tornado is coming? How can you improve your chances of survival?

The Survivors Club has interviewed tornado survivors and extreme weather experts to assemble the following resources. The goal is to offer you a tornado survival guide that can help you before, during and after a strike.

Disaster experts say to that the following danger signs indicate that a tornado may be approaching:
  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train

Before a tornado, or immediately when you hear a tornado warning, the following plans will help increase your chances of survival:
  1. Make a Plan: Figure out the best spot in your home and place of work to seek shelter. You should identify the lowest, strongest place, like a basement or cellar
  2. Practice Makes Perfect: Regular tornado safety drills can make a difference in an emergency
  3. Stockpile: Make sure you have emergency supplies.
  4. Learn how to shut off the power and gas.

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