Tornadoes are classified by the severity of damage that they cause. This is rated on a scale of 1 to 5 known as the FUJITA SCALE. Tornadoes that are rated as an F-3 or higher are said to be Violent Tornadoes.
Q: Who is most at risk from tornadoes?
A: Those who are in mobile homes and automobiles.
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
Conditions are right for tornadoes to form. When your area is under a Tornado Watch, continue to stay tuned to KLTV Channel 7 for possible warnings.
A tornado has been spotted by a trained observer or detected on Doppler Radar. Take action immediately.
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
- Go to the basement, under the stairs or under a heavy piece of furniture like a table or workbench.
- Get under heavy furniture, and cover your head with blankets or pillows. The biggest threat of death or injury comes from head injuries caused by flying or falling debris.
- Keep windows closed and stay away from them.
- Go to the lowest floor or basement.
- Get to interior rooms or hallways and protect your head.
- Stay out of gymnasiums and auditoriums.
- In Public Buildings
- Go to designated shelter, an interior hallway or small room on the lowest floor.
- Stay away from windows.
- Do not go to your car.
In Open Country
- Move away from a tornado at right angles.
- If a tornado is near, DO NOT try to outrun it.
- Get out of your car, lie flat in a ditch or depression.
- Stay away from large trees or metal poles. Cover your head.
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