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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Tornado Season | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

We all know that the beautiful springtime weather we are enjoying can also be unpredictable. It’s always wise to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

April and May are the traditional months for having the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in that tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

The Right Conditions for a Tornado

There are roughly 1,200 tornadoes that occur in the U.S. each year, and they come from those spring thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado starts to take shape when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

As the tornado gets started, its signature funnel cloud is transparent until water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or it picks up dust and debris where it then becomes visible.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes usually occur in the late afternoon in the spring and summertime, but it is good to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What to Do During a Tornado Warning

If you don’t understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning, take the time to learn. Basically, a watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If there has been a tornado warning issued for your area, immediately take action and find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include: - Underground options like a basement or storm shelter. - The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options. - If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option. - If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Stock your tornado shelter at home with flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries.

If a tornado is on the ground and you are caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can be devastating to the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

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