Natural calamities can take place anywhere and anytime. Tornado is one such calamity that can wreck havoc at a place and in the lives of people residing in that area. However, with a little bit of planning and foresight one can survive even the most ferocious tornadoes that he/she may face. So just read on as we understand what tornadoes are and how they can be dealt with.
Tornadoes are commonly defined as “a violently rotating column of air pendant from a thunderstorm cloud and touching the ground”. As per reports, every year about 1000 tornadoes take place in the U.S. alone. Quite expectedly they are source of great misery and are often feared by people for the destruction they unfold.
Some Facts About Tornadoes
- Tornadoes are considered as the most destructive natural calamity related to weather.
- Tornadoes can rise up to a height of 60,000 feet.
- An average tornado can travel at a speed of 25 to 40 mph.
- Inside a tornado, winds can swirl up to 300 mph.
- Usually, tornadoes take place from southwest direction to the northeast direction.
- Usually, tornadoes taking place in the Northern Hemisphere rotate in a counter-clockwise direction. And visa versa.
- Only about 2% of tornadoes are considered violent.
- About 100 people are killed by tornadoes every year on an average.
- Tornadoes take place more frequently at places like, Florida, Alabama, Lowa, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
Before A Tornado
Now, lets talk about what all can one do before a tornado to deal with it properly and safely.
- Make sure to develop a plan for yourself and your family for home, work and outdoors.
- Remember to have frequent drills before a tornado.
- Put in some efforts to know your area and keep a highway map handy to keep a track of the storm movement from reliable weather bulletins.
- Buy a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with warning alarm tone to receive warnings.
- Make a habit of listening to radio and television for receiving information on tornadoes.
- Plan your outdoor activities only after checking the latest information and forecasts about tornadoes.
During A Tornado
Now, after preparing yourself beforehand, you must also know what to do during a tornado.
- Make sure to move or shift to a pre-designated shelter, like a basement during a tornado.
- In case, you don’t have an underground shelter, make haste to move in an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of your home and sit under a heavy steady piece of furniture.
- If you are traveling, then, make sure to move out of your automobile.
- Don’t be naïve and try to over run a tornado by speeding your car, as it will instead destroy you completely. Leave your vehicle immediately.
- In case, you can’t get out of your vehicle, then lie flat on the surface.
- When caught outside home during a tornado, lie on floor.
- Those living in mobile homes will have the least protection during a tornado, so the best idea to be at a safer place; i.e. leave these houses immediately.