Being Informed About Tornadoes by darreljefferson


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									                           Being Informed about Tornadoes
Preparing for any type of natural disaster can be terrifying and nerve wracking. You may never
know when the disaster will strike, but you want to make sure that your home and your
household are going to be safe throughout the time of the disaster.

Preparing For a Tornado
A tornado can be especially tricky to prepare for. When there is a tornado in your area, you can
prepare the best that you can but if that tornado touches your home there is not much that you are
going to be able to do to ensure that your home is not severely damaged.

Many people do not realize that tornadoes can occur virtually
anywhere and at any time. The United States usually has the
highest number of tornadoes each year with Canada usually
ranking in second place.

Although the tornadoes most commonly strike the United
States, tornadoes have occurred on every single continent on
Earth except for Antarctica. There are definitely places
throughout the United States where tornadoes are more
common or even times of the year when they occur.

Even if you do not live in this area, preparing yourself and your home for a tornado is a great
way to ensure that you are going to be safe. When you prepare your home and your household
for a tornado, you will ensure that you will be as safe as possible through that type of disaster.

Know what to Look for
The first step in being prepared for a tornado is knowing what to look for. When you know what
to look for, you will be warned that a tornado is coming simply by the different patterns that
nature is able to display to you before the tornado forms or touches down on Earth.

                                    Usually, the skies will start to darken and the color of the sky
                                    will turn from a blue or a grey to a greenish yellow color.
                                    Some tornadoes have been preceded by an orange colored sky
                                    and that is often a result of dust being blown around by the
                                    high winds that occur before a tornado.

                                    The next sign that is often reported is a spinning or a rotation
                                    of the clouds. Although this churning may not be a quick
                                    churning, it will start to rotate and the clouds will continue to
                                    rotate and spin in the sky.
When you are experiencing these different signs you may also be experiencing a thunderstorm.
When the thunderstorm seems to have stopped and it is very calm and quiet, you are often in the
eye of the storm and this is where tornadoes commonly form and touch down.

As the tornado forms and touches down, people often hear a loud rumble or roar that does not go
away. Some describe this as continuous thunder others feel that it sounds like a jet is hovering
over the area.

Seeing blue, green or white flashes in the night is often a sign of power lines being snapped by
the wind. Debris close to the ground may start to whirl even though there is no funnel cloud.

When you see these events occur, take shelter. Get into your home or get underneath a strong
covering and protect your head from debris.

This way, you will be able to protect yourself the best you can. When you are unaware of the
signs of a tornado you may be caught off guard and be in a very vulnerable situation.

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