Tornado Season Runs Amuck

 

Tornado Season Out of Control

 

More than 1500 tornadoes have hop scotched across America this year. That’s a record pace for the part of the world known as the greatest breeding ground of twisters on the face of the earth.

 

Since most of us will never see a tornado, and even more telltale, will never come close to a monster tornado, at first glance it may seem this blog has more bluster than substance.

 

But fact is, more people are saved from injury and death when they know how to protect their lives. So I am posting the necessary precautions you need to already know before a tornado watch is issued.

 

Here are a few tips to guide you through any spring-summer thunder/tornado watch  we see here in Appalachia.


AT SCHOOL

I know school is out, but principals know to hold tornado drills twice a year much like they hold fire drills. Getting kids into an interior hall, huddled in a ball with hands and arms protecting their head works best. The idea is to protect your head in the event the roof caves in. By being in an interior hallway, kids would be sheltered in the event glass was to shatter.

AT WORK, HOME

Monitor changing weather conditions as they pertain to your plans. Go about your normal routine but be flexible if a storm warning is issued.

With  the kids home for summer, keep them playing close by, within shouting distance, since any storm warning would come fast and furious with as little as 15 minutes lead time to take cover.

Stay away from windows and off the phone during a severe thunderstorm.

IN A MOBILE HOME

Once a tornado watch is issued, I highly recommend you leave for the relative safety of a sturdier neighbor’s home or shelter. While the chances of your home being hit are miniscule, research shows one of the worst places to be during a high wind storm is in a home without a firm foundation.

 

I have two links for your viewing pleasure. The first documents the Wheelersburg tornado from 1968.

 

The second is a rewind of Friday night’s 5:30 edition tornado retrospective.

 

 

http://www.wsaz.com/wsazhistory/60moments/64887792.html

 

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