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A tornado is a violent windstorm usually characterized by a twisting funnel shaped cloud that is caused by a thunderstorm or a hurricane It is produced when a cool air mass meets a warm air mass and forces the warm air mass to rise over the cool air mass very rapidly Most of the damage from a tornado is a result of high wind velocity and wind blown debris Most tornadoes occur during the months of March through August but they can occur during any time of the year They also seem to strike in the afternoon to the evening What you should do and know You should know all key terms that are used to describe tornado threats 1 Tornado Watch- This means that tornadoes are possible and you should stay tuned to a radio station for more reports 2 Tornado Warning- A tornado has been sighted and you should take shelter immediately 3 Severe Thunderstorm Watch- Severe thunderstorms are possible and they may bring a tornado 4 Severe Thunderstorm Warning- A severe thunderstorm is here and a tornado may be present 5 You should know the country and terrain in which you live This is used in identifying the location of a tornado 6 You should know the places you can seek shelter such as a cabin or rest area 7 Practice doing this before you head out into the wilderness 8 You should have emergency supplies on hand such as Flashlight with extra batteries Portable battery operated radio with extra batteries First aid kit with all supplies and manual Emergency food and water Nonelectric can opener All essential medicines Money Sturdy good shoes 9 Make an inventory of all your possessions and take pictures of them so if they are lost they you can replace them Tornado Danger Signs Large hail Calmness before
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