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Tornado Survival Skills Start With Knowing How To Spot Incoming Storm

May 24, 2011 by  

Tornado survival skills start with knowing how to spot incoming stormDeadly tornadoes swept through Joplin, Mo. on May 22, killing at least 89 people.

The devastating storms served as another sobering reminder to Americans that these natural disasters can strike at any time and with little warning. Last month, a series of tornadoes ravaged several Southern States and killed more than 300 Americans.

In some cases, citizens will receive ample notice about a threatening twister heading toward their neighborhood. However, some Americans are forced to employ their survival skills without the benefit of a weather alert.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center, individuals may adequately prepare for a tornado if they keep their eyes on the sky. For example, a strong, persistent rotation in a cloud base is a common visual precursor to a twister, especially if whirling dust or debris take shape under the suspect cloud activity.

Furthermore, loud and continuous rumbles that do not fade are common indicators of tornadoes, the NOAA reports. Unlike thunder, these noises persist after several seconds. Heavy rain and hail are also signs that a twister may be nearby.

At nighttime, people should be on the lookout for small blue-green-to-white flashes at the ground level, which typically means that power lines are being snapped by strong, potentially tornadic winds, according to the NOAA.

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  • dan

    Trust your “Spidey” senses…if it’s at night you can rarely see anything but indirect lightning (usually cloud to cloud) but your ears are EVERYTHING.I keep a full face motor-cycle helmet (most incapacitating-injuries are from head trauma…same as car accidents)
    by my bug-out bag…works for hail,too.
    Redneck tornado-survival kit is a lawn-chair and a six-pack…
    and now you know about helmets.

    • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

      Good info, I will stick to run and hide.

      It is irrational to think that any nation can save more than a hand full of people from overpopulated poorer nation. Especially when most refuse to change their life style and blame the Jones’s for their plight.

      It is irrational to call mom a Nazi A. hole for giving people a ride back home to keep her home from overpopulation. It is irrational to think that any single payer social program will work best. It is irrational to think that nations can tax its way out of poverty. It is irrational to believe that a power convinced that you have nowhere else to go will do your biding.

      No one is going to stand in their way the template to convince people that a rational person is a very sick or stupid SOB must be removed first. And only you can remove yours. The misuse of Negative Theory must be taught to future generations.

      A true Conservative and a true Liberal agree on one thing though for different reasons. Any single payer social program is a nutty idea! Now each believes that it’s not so nutty as long as their side is managing it.

      We can destroy the power by replacing them with citizens that can be immediately removed by citizens should they grow a greedy bone and never serve for a life time. We must take control ourselves. Please join with us at Goooh.com you might be able to click on my name. This will take you to my link page that links to Goooh.com, NumbersUSA.com and SBA-list.org.

      P.S. Have you heard of “you cut”

  • Cliff Siebert

    this doesn’t belong here.

    • karolyn

      What?

  • Christin

    Actually, the death toll is already at 117 from news reports this morning at 8:00 AM… but, on a good note 17 people in Joplin, MO have been rescued from the devistating debris since it hit.

    The National Weather Service has also reported that the Joplin tornado was just one of 50 reported on the same day.

    I think this article should have also covered how to survive a tornado if you can first read the weather warning signs outside and “spot incoming storms”… by getting your family into a basement or the first floor of a house, a small inner windowless room, grab some water and a mattress to cover you…

    Statistics state there have been;
    * 910 confirmed tornados in April and May this year
    * roughly 450 tornado deaths so far this year
    * more deaths than the last seven years combines
    * record number of tornados for May is 542 set in 2003

  • Devananda

    I vote for dan’s contribution, that Christin said: “article should have also covered how to survive a tornado”, is constructive but Cliff fails to define “this”. My dad was an officer in the USCG and as a Safety Engineer was responsible for preventing the unnecessary maiming and killing of many many others. I learned from him to first and foremost educate ones-self to survive so that one is available to show up when the call to serve is sounded. Kind of like putting on yourself the airplane mask that drops from the ceiling before assisting a seatmate.
    To me, anything that can help us survive these troublesome times is “on topic,”

  • http://certus-certus.blogspot.com Raymond Harbin

    FOX NEWS HOME PAGE, REPORTED 7:20 ET JOPLIN, MO. SUNDAY TORNADO DEATHS NOW AT 130 –BUT GET THIS, 1500 MISSING! IF ONLY 40% OF THESE ARE FOUND DEAD THIS STORM WILL HAVE KILLED MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY SINGLE TORNADO IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE TORNADO WAS GIVEN A (STRONG) EF-5–WINDS EXCEEDING 200MPH. A– TORNADO IN 1927 COVERING 60M MISSOURI, ALL OF ILLINOIS AND 60M INDIANA SW TO NE. IT MOVED @ 60MPH. NON-STOP FOR PROX 270M, KILLING 650 PEOPLE. IF AFTER SEARCHING 3 DAYS AND STILL 1500 UNACCOUNTED FOR–THE ULTIMATE FATALITY FIGURE WILL BE UNHEARD OF.

    I TRULY WONDER IF THIS MISSING FIGURE IS CORRECT– BUT IF THE IS ONLY 750 AFTER THREE DAYS THE FINAL COUNT WOULD HAVE TO BE ASTONISHINGLY LARGE.

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