Tornado warning–how to survive? In 2013 & 2014, tornado videos caught on tape in Oklahoma & other midwest states have been seen all over YouTube.
Do you know what to do if you encounter a tornado?
A tornado is a violently spinning column of air that’s in contact with both the earth and a cloud. They are some of nature’s most violent storms, carrying winds of up to 300 mph (480 km/h) caught on tape, making good tornado videos. They can uproot buildings and whip cars through the air with ease.
Where is it located?
Tornadoes have been observed on every continent, although the majority occur in Tornado Alley, located in America’s midwestern states, such as Oklahoma as there were tornadoes there in 2013 and 2014.
How will they kill you?
Tornados will kill you by forming into a narrow funnel a few hundred meters across that can level and blow away almost everything in its path. The majority of fatalities are due to flying debris that can hit or impale you. On rare occasions you can get picked up by the tornado, after which the fall will kill you if you’re not hit by something else flying around in the tornado’s funnel.
How to survive a tornado encounter:
At first sign of a tornado warning, you might hear a tornado siren. Stop whatever you’re doing and seek shelter fast. If you can find a tornado shelter nearby, head there immediately. These are specially designed safe rooms located underneath houses, businesses, and schools. If you can’t find a tornado shelter, head to the nearest basement. The important thing is to put as many walls between you and the outside world as possible. Drivers on the road should either drive away or abandon their vehicles and get into a nearby ditch. Once you find a safe place, remain where you’re at until the tornado passes.
So what would you do if you encountered one of these?