The first tornado watch of the day was issued last week, as an outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, baseball size hail and high winds was predicted to erupt in North Texas and Central Oklahoma. Tornadoes are one of natures most powerful and destructive forces. Here's some advice to prepare for a tornado and what to do if you're caught in a twister's path.
- Pay close attention to any storm watches or warnings that have been issued for your location.
- Prepare for tornadoes by gathering emergency supplies including food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.
- When a tornado approaches, anyone in its path should take shelter indoors- preferably in a basement or an interior first-floor room or hallway.
- Avoid windows and seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture.
- Avoid automobiles and mobile homes, which provide almost no protection from tornadoes.
- Those caught outside should lie flat in a depression or on other low ground and wait for the storm to pass.