During the spring and fall, weather conditions are ripe for tornadic activity. When stormy weather moves in, tune in to your local radio or television station for the latest weather updates. Plan ahead with your family so that everyone knows ahead of time what to do in case of a tornado or other severe weather. Designate a “contact person” in another part of town or elsewhere that can be called by everyone in case family members become separated.
A tornado “watch” means that a tornado is possible.
A tornado “warning” means that a tornado has been spotted or is strongly indicated on radar. You should immediately seek shelter when a tornado “warning” is issued for your area.
Things to watch for
A sickly green or greenish black color to the sky
When a watch or warning has been issued, the fall of hail is a significant danger sign of tornadic activity
A strange quiet occurs within a short time after the thunderstorm
Clouds moving very fast, especially in a rotating pattern or converging toward one area of the sky
Sound of a waterfall rushing at first, but turning into a roar as it comes closer (has also been likened to a train or jet sound)
Debris dropping from the sky
An obvious “funnel-shaped” cloud that is rotating
Debris being pulled upward, even if no funnel cloud is visible
Homes or other small buildings
Schools, shopping centers or other facilities
High rise buildings
In a car or outside with no suitable structure nearby