Tornado Warning!

Tornado Warning!

As I sat in the sunny 70 degree weather at the Louisville Vs. Eastern Michigan baseball game yesterday I thought back to just a few days before when I had been scared for my life during a tornado warning.  I woke up in the middle of the night to howling wind, loud thunder, lightening thrashes, and pounding rain.  All I could think about was what I needed to do to stay safe, however I wasn’t sure what I needed to do.  That is why I have compiled a list for the necessary steps to stay safe from a tornado incase a warning like that ever passes through Louisville again.

 

However first comes first, what actually is a tornado??  According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, a tornado “is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground.”  Tornadoes, however, are naturally invisible, since they’re made up of air. The reason we are able to see a tornado is due to the fact that the vortex is made up of water droplets, dust, and debris.

 

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Now that you know what is coming for you the next time you hear a tornado warning for your area, here are the steps you need to take:

 

  1. Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  2. Get away from the windows.
  3. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  4. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  5. Use your arms to protect head and neck.
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