First of all: How does a tornado form?
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive forces. It is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. It’s often portended by a greenish sky and black storm clouds. A funnel suddenly appears, descending from a cloud. The funnel hits the ground and roars forward with a sound like that of a freight train approaching. The tornado tears up everything in its path.
Nearly a thousand tornadoes touch down every year in the United States. Every U.S. state has experienced them, but Texas holds the record: an annual average of 120.
Here’s some advice on how to prepare for one:
- Ahead of time, you should gather emergency supplies -food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, etc.
- When a tornado approaches, anyone in its path should take shelter indoors—preferably in a basement or an interior first-floor room or hallway.
- Avoid windows and seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture.
- Avoid automobiles and mobile homes, which provide almost no protection from tornadoes.
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