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A tornado is a violent storm with whirling winds of up to 300 miles per hour. A tornado spins like a top and may sound like the roaring of an airliner or train. You will be alerted of a tornado by your local EAS Station. Tune to a local station, which will provide updated information and tell you what to do.
  • If you are at home - Go to a corner of your basement and take cover under something sturdy. If your home has no basement, take cover in a small room (such as a closet or bathroom) or under sturdy furniture on the lowest level of the house. Stay away from windows.
  • Do not remain in a trailer or mobile home if a tornado is approaching; take cover elsewhere in a nearby shelter or lie flat in the nearest ditch and cover your head with your arms.

Tornado Terms

Tornado Watch: A tornado may occur in or near your area. 

Tornado Warning: An actual tornado has been seen or has been shown by radar. If a tornado warning is given for your area, take cover immediately.

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