Safety: Natural Hazards - Tornados
Date: Saturday, July 30 @ 12:18:32 MST
Topic: Horse Tips and Suggestions

Know the signs of a tornado: Weather forecasting
science is not perfect and some tornadoes do occur
without a tornado warning. There is no substitute
for staying alert to the sky.

Besides an obviously visible tornado, here are some things to look and listen for:
  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  • Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
  • Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
If outdoors:

The biggest danger you'll face if a tornado strikes while you're in the forest is falling trees and tree limbs.

  • If possible, get inside a building. If you're at a developed campground, the restroom may be the closest option.
  • Rockshelters (areas under the cliffline) may offer partial protection from falling tree limbs.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Use arms to protect head and neck.
If in a car:

  • Never try to outdrive a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

This article comes from - Travel Directory

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