It is Tornado Season and we are in the thick of it. There have already been multiple tornadoes in the U.S. this year, some rating as high as F3 and F4. Tornadoes are rated by a scale F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest).
A tornado with a damage level of F3 occurred this spring, starting in Tennessee and Central Kentucky, and later extending to Central/Southern Indiana and Southern Ohio. The American Red Cross provides food for all meals of the day and comfort to those who have been affected by the tornado damages. Young T.J. Wynn is pictured holding a Red Cross Comfort Kit and stuff animal after the tornado hit his home town of Henryville, Indiana.
It is important to be prepared for a tornado before it strikes. Pick a safe room in your household, preferably a basement, storm cellar or the lowest interior room, where family members and pets can gather during a storm. You may make plans to better secure your safe room. Also, it is key that you know the characteristics of a tornado. They include:
- Dark, often greenish clouds—a phenomenon caused by hail
- Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
- Cloud of debris
- Large hail
- Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
- Roaring noise
When a Tornado Watch is issued, it means that a tornado is possible in your area. You should be on the look out for signs of a tornado and prepare yourself and you family. A Tornado Warning indicates imminent danger to life and property. When a Warning is issued, you and your family should immediately report to your safe room and wait for the storm to pass.
With Tornado Season upon us, make sure you and your family are prepared for a storm to strike.
Thanks to our awesome intern, Emma, for this post!