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Tornadoes

Tornadoes are vertical funnels of rapidly spinning air. Their winds may top 250 miles (400 kilometers) an hour and can clear-cut a pathway a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide and 50 miles (80 kilometers) long.

Safety Tips

  • Prepare for tornadoes by gathering emergency supplies including food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.
  • 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.
  • Those caught outside should lie flat in a depression or on other low ground and wait for the storm to pass.

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