A tornado is a column of violently rotating air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. Lightning and hail are common in thunderstorms that produce tornadoes. The extent of destruction caused by a tornado depends on its intensity, size, path, and amount of time it is on the ground.
Tornado Alerts
Conditions are right for a tornado to form. Make sure you have a way to receive weather alerts and know your safe space.
A tornado has been sighted in your area.
Protect Yourself During A Tornado
When conditions are right for a tornado, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:
  • Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts,warnings, and notifications.
  • Stay tuned to local weather or listen to your NOAA weather radio.
  • Secure loose objects outdoors or move them inside.
  • Go to the innermost hallway on the lowest floor of your home or workplace. Stay away from windows.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a car. Seek sturdy shelter immediately.
  • If you live in a manufactured home, seek other sturdy shelter immediately.
  • Do not leave your shelter until the danger has passed.
After A Tornado
  • Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • If you’re trapped, don’t move. Make noise so that rescuers can find you.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities say it’s safe.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.
  • Do what you can to prevent more damage. For example, cover your damaged roof with a tarp.