Tornado warnings aren't uncommon for the part of the country we live in, but we have them to keep us safe.   But are you really sure of what you're supposed to do during a tornado warning??  This may help! 

Daniel Loretto

 

Today with the threat of severe weather all around the tri-state, it's best to be prepared! First of all you must understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

What to do during a tornado warning!

If you're inside:

  • Take cover immediately!
  • Keep a portable radio with you (preferably a weather radio)
  • seek shelter in the lowest level of your home, basement, storm cellar, etc...
  • If you don't have a basement or are in a building such as hospital, church etc... go to the innermost part of the building.
  • Cover your head/face with a blanket or a jacket if you have one and can grab one quickly.
  • Stay in your safe spot until you are certain the storm has passed, more than one tornado can emerge from the same storm, so be cautious!

If you're outside:

  • Try to get inside quickly, and away from windows
  • If you cannot get inside quickly, crouch for protection next to a structure or lie flat in a ditch. If you have a jacket cover your head and neck with it.

If you're in a car & can't safely drive away from the tornado:

  • Leave the car running so the airbags work, and crouch down below the windows.   The airbags and frame of the car will offer some protection, but  not absolute safety.
  • If you do decide to get out of your car and get into a ditch, make sure you get into a place far enough where your car won't roll on top of you.
  • DO NOT climb up under the embankment of an overpass or bridge this often increases your risk.

Read more safety tips here. (source)

And always remember to go over your tornado safety plan with your family!

We're expecting some strong storms throughout the Tri-State this afternoon, we will keep you updated as best we can on WKDQ! You can also download the WKDQ app, so in the event of losing power, you can still stream WKDQ, where we will keep you updated!

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