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03/21/05 - East Texas

Tornado Safety Advice

by Donna McCollum

When tornado watches or warnings are issued stay tuned to the weather news. Warnings are issued on television and radio broadcasts.

Do like the forecasters and watch the sky. The calm before the storm applies before a tornado hits. The wind may die down. The air may become still. The sky may be dark or greenish. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm.

Your home can be destroyed during a tornado, but there are steps you can take to increase your chances of survival. A beginning is knowing where to go for safety. Nacogdoches Police Department Officer Vince Griffin advised, "You should go to the center of the house, preferably to the bathroom area if it's in the center of the house. It's protected more by the pipes in the structure. You should also carry a mattress or some type of heavy blankets to cover up."

And what if you're in the car? Motorists have been told that a safe place to go during a tornado is under an overpass. Well, that advice is no longer being handed out. Experts are now saying it's a dangerous place to be because wind currents pick up and flying debris can cause you extreme harm.

Never try to outdrive a tornado. Get out of the car and take shelter in a nearby building or lie in a ditch.

And if you're outdoors, listen for weather sirens. If you can't get inside get in a low lying area and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

For more information about tornado safety http://www.crh.noaa.gov/fsd/wcm/summer/tornadosafety.htm

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