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Tornado Season Gets Off to Deadly Start; Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?
According to reports from Texas, six people were killed when tornadoes swept through North Texas this week, the deadliest such storm in that area since 1957, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
With the deaths and devastation left behind by this week's deadly tornadoes in Texas, many people are probably wondering how they can protect themselves in the event of similar severe weather.
1. Prevention and practice before the storm
Have family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in. Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes; so store protective coverings (e.g., mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use on a few seconds' notice. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy.
2. Know the signs of a tornado. Here are some things to look and listen for, according to the SPC:
Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
Related External Content
Want answers to frequently asked questions about tornadoes? Click HERE for more from the National Weather Service.
Is there a possibility of severe weather in your part of the country? Visit the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction center by clicking HERE.
Want to follow the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center on Twitter? Click HERE to see the SPC's feed.