Conditions exist for the threat of isolated tornadoes today and tomorrow from portions of the Ohio Valley southeast toward the Carolinas, northward to the Mid-Atlantic and the American Red Cross offers steps people can take to be safer if a tornado hits their neighborhood.
While spring is the time of year known for dangerous tornado activity in the United States, some parts of the country also experience a secondary tornado season in the fall and winter months. Experts report many fall tornadoes are surprising, and dangerous, because they form during the night or early morning hours. Although spring weather offers the most dangerous combination of jet stream energy and surface instability, the weather conditions in the fall and winter can also produce some strong tornadoes.
The Red Cross reminds everyone that a tornado watch means tornadoes are possible in the area. People should be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or someone suspects a tornado is approaching. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar. People should immediately go underground to a basement, storm cellar or interior room of the house.
Some signs of a tornado include dark, often greenish clouds, a wall of clouds or cloud of debris, large hail, a funnel cloud or roaring noise. Steps people should remember if a tornado warning is issued include:
More information on what to do before, during and after a tornado is available on this web site.