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Severe Weather Tip: Tornado Safety During

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When talking tornado safety, it's important to realize the steps you take before, during, and after the storm are important in their own way. Earlier tonight, we broke down Tornado Safety Tips: Before The Storm, and now it's time to take a look at the proper procedures during a tornado.

Tornado Safety: During A Tornado

When a tornado warning is issued, you have just minutes to prepare for the storm to pass through your area. While tornado lead times have increased over the years, you still need to act quickly.

The most important thing is knowing where to go once the warning is issued.

While there are a variety of actions necessary for different situations, the best place to be is on the lowest level of your home, in the most interior room. A general rule is to put as many walls between you and the outside conditions as possible, and stay away from windows. If available, a basement is ideal.

If possible, cover yourself with blankets and pillows. Don't waste your time opening windows.

If you're in a mobile home, leave immediately and head toward the nearest safe and sturdy structure. If you cannot make it to the nearest structure in time, lie flat in a low-lying area and cover your head.

If trapped in a car, quickly park and get into the nearest building if possible. If you cannot reach a building in time, stay in your car with your seat belt on, and get below the windows, covering your head. If there is a lower area on the ground outside of your car, such as a ditch, lie flat and cover your head.

Do not shelter under an overpass! Overpasses are one of the worst places to be during high winds and tornadoes.

Planning ahead is key. On days where severe weather is possible, especially on days where tornadoes are possible, have an idea of where you'll go and how you'll react if a tornado warning is issued. For more information on tornado safety, head to: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/severeweather/during.shtml.

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