Tornado Safety for Your Home and Family
April 16, 2016

Tornado Facts That Could Save Your Life

Tornadoes have always been a mystery to scientists. We still don’t know exactly how a tornado is formed. We do know that there must be a strong thunderstorm with a rotating upward draft, other than that each storm is formed differently. Scientists believe that changes in wind direction, moisture in the air, and temperature are all factors that contribute to the formation of a tornado. The following facts about tornadoes will help prepare you in the event of a tornado.

Identifying a Tornado

It’s important to pay attention to local media outlets that would broadcast a tornado watch, which means a tornado is possible. If you cannot listen to local media, danger signs would include large hail, a dark green tinted sky, dark clouds that are low-lying, and a loud roar. Seek shelter immediately once these signals are detected.

Read our blog about tornado safety tips to know what to do based on the home you live in.

Tornado Facts

  • Tornados can strike quickly with little to no warning, so it is important to have an action plan in place before it happens.
  • A tornado may not be visible until debris and dust are picked up, keep an eye out for the other identifiers.
  • Most tornados move Southwast to Northeast, so it is possible to avoid the path. Although, also keep in mind this is not 100% of the time.
  • Tornado season is different for people living in southern states and those living in northern states.
    • Southern states season is March and May.
    • Northern states season is late spring through early summer.
  • Typically, tornadoes will occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, although this is not always the case.

Knowing these facts about tornadoes can give you the knowledge you need to save your life. Since tornadoes are so unpredictable and mysterious every factoid you can learn will be useful to keep you and your family safe.

Flying debris such as roof tiles and branches can be the greatest danger during a tornado, so protecting your windows will be your greatest opportunity to keep your home safe. Wind borne debris during a tornado and hailstorm can break your windows and allow wind and rain into your home, causing damage and high insurance claims. Original 3/8” Storm Stoppers has been ASTM Large Missile 2 x 4’ and 143 mph Wall of Wind tested to repel wind borne debris. This is important in keeping your family and home safe.

Tornado Websites

These are some useful website to learn more about tornados and what to do when one occurs.



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