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SIGNS OF A TORNADO – 10 Ways To Know If A Tornado Is Coming

What are the Signs of a Tornado ?

How do you know when a tornado is forming or approaching?

Other than obviously seeing one, here are 10 signs that a tornado may be imminent:

(UPDATED)

Cloud Base

1. The Cloud Base is actually and consistently rotating (EVEN IF SLOWLY). Look at the bottom of the cloud base (or wall cloud) which normally would just be gliding along in the direction of the storm. Look at it long enough to see if there is ANY rotation while it glides. This indicates  a mesocyclone in a thunderstorm and is one of the signs of a tornado forming.

Wall Cloud

2. A Wall Cloud, a large LOWERING cloud formation. Look for a lowering  portion of the surrounding storm cloud base to what is called a wall cloud (pedestal cloud). It often happens suddenly and is the area of strongest updraft within a storm. This is a potential tornado sign.

Dust Debris

3. Whirling dust debris above the ground (similar to a ‘dust devil’ but bigger). If you notice this beneath a large storm cloud base, it may be a tornado sign that one may have already formed but is still up in the cloud. It’s strong updraft is pulling air up into it which is revealed by dust debris.

Sudden Stop | Eerily Quiet

4. Heavy rain and hail suddenly stops and it becomes eerily quiet. This may be a sign of an impending rain-wrapped tornado.

Intense Wind Shift

5. An intense wind shift after the dead-calm. This is a further sign.

Greenish – Black Sky

6. If the sky becomes a greenish black color it may be a tornado sign. The greenish hue is created from scattering of light combined with conditions within a extremely tall storm cloud, typically late in the day.

Very Large Hail

7. Hail (especially large golf ball size or larger). The storm’s updraft creates hail and is located right above the tornado, so very LARGE hail is a sign indicative of a possible tornado.

Continuous Sound

8. A loud continuous roar, rumble, waterfall sound, or sounds similar to a train or jet (which does not quickly fade out like thunder), may be a sign that a tornado is approaching. Tornadoes are LOUD. Some describe the sound as a simultaneous lower-pitched roar (train rumble) and a higher frequency “whine” (like a low flying jet).

[ Read and Listen: Tornado Sound Audio Of What A Real One Sounds Like ]

Falling Debris

9. Debris falling from the sky may be a sign that a tornado has formed and has scoured objects from the ground – hurling them up to great distances.

Bright Ground Flashes (nighttime)

10. Signs of a tornado at night: If at night you see bright ground flashes near a thunderstorm (blue-green-white), it may be a sign that a tornado is blowing out power transformers and power lines there. Also, when lightning flashes, you may actually see the tornado.

Where should you go in your house during a tornado?

Underground

Preferably a purpose-designed storm shelter underground.

Otherwise, the basement. Think about what is over your head on the 1st-floor above. Don’t be underneath heavy objects in case the floor breaks. Wear a helmet to boost your survivability.

No Basement?

– Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows.

– Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands.

– A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection.

– Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.

– A helmet can offer some protection against head injury.

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  1. Enhanced Fujita Scale; aka Wind Speeds of a Tornado

    EF0 65–85 mph Light damage
    EF1 86–110 mph Moderate damage
    EF2 111–135 mph Considerable damage
    EF3 136–165 mph Severe damage
    EF4 166–200 mph Devastating damage
    EF5 >200 mph Incredible damage

    99% of the homes built in the US are now built under the 2018 – International Building Code and it gets real complicated, BUT, normally a 3 second wind burst of 90MPH is used.

    Take a look at the chart above, what do you think is going to happen if a T directly hits your home?

    Build a Storm Shelter or have a ‘hardened’ aka concrete room somewhere. AND have a notification system (radio above as Ken mentioned)
    Don’t become a victim of a pizzed off cloud.

    1. NRP,
      Hell, 2 seconds at 90mph and my house would have no roof!
      Nor my shop, greenhouse, tunnel, chicken coop etc etc

      1. Hello so My wind was at 35 Mph But here BOOM changed to 90 Mph then MY FLIPPING WINDOW JUST WENT DOWN THEN MY DOOR AND AHHH I HAD TO GET A NEW HOUSE OML I HATE TORNADOES but the good news is I was in a basement with no windows whew

      1. Matthew,
        Warnings only work if you hear them., and are able to respond. If one knows bad weather is possible, the more warning one has the better… supply your safe space, ( snacks,easy open cans,food, water, potty) get door secured well… make sure air vents are working properly…take some things to utilize the time… if there is room, prepare a bed,for warmth and comfort.9being cold and uncomfortable or hot and uncomfortable could drive you into a storm-before it has fully passed.
        Our area has no warning.Weather radars are 70-110 miles away.These are things we do routinely to prepare our area before we need it.

    2. Hi there me & my family are new here from Southern California & my question is this…we live in Okc currently in a motel & I have asked every employee and guest I see but nobody knows anything about a storm shelter! I am terrified and have been having nightmares now that tornado season is here. Please I don’t know who else to ask & I dont know what to do or where to go. It’s me my husband and our son and our older kids and grandbabies are in California still. All I hear when I ask these questions is jokes horror stories and immaturity when the answers I need could save our lives!

      1. You said that you are “terrified” and having nightmares. Not knowing anything about your situation, all I can suggest is that although you’re in a region that experiences tornadoes, the likelihood (the odds) of one striking your location are still small – when considering the “big picture”. That said, a weather alert radio is an asset. And/or, moving to a different location that doesn’t terrify you ;)

      2. Cramit,

        Legitimate question. Truth is, most commercial building have no shelters per se, but do have some areas that tend to ride out the storm better than others.

        Assuming your motel residence is going to be long term, does it have interior hallways? In the event of a tornado, you need to be on the lowest floor, with as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Most injuries come from flying debris, so grabbing a pillow to protect your head would be wise. Stay away from windows. Basements and sub-basements are even better. Ask management if building has one or both.

        Don’t let fear of tornados rule your life, but respect the danger and have a plan. I’ve lived in “tornado alley” all my life. Had close calls. Helped with cleanup, search, and rescue several times, but have never been hit directly.

        1. Cramit / Dennis
          I have often read of folks in motels/similar surviving tornado by hunkering down in the bathtub, with the bed mattress pulled over top..(lay yourself as flat as possible in tub)

          no idea if this truly is effective, but it is something.

        1. Maria-
          Yes tornadoes are scary but you always wanna make sure you know shelters near you or go in your basement, make sure it has no windows just in case of a tornadoes having windows makes it less safe, make sure all your foods are kept safe until the tornado has stopped.

      3. Texas has more tornados than any other state maybe you should have checked that out before you moved here

  2. DO NOT wait on the sirens. DO NOT wait on anyone to tell you to go. You decide and go and send anyone who tells you different to me so I can line them out. You feel the least bit uncomfortable then you go. Rescue is always the goal not Recovery.

    There are many very good above ground shelters available as well. The best have double walls filled with sand and vent covers with doors that swing both ways so you can escape even if the house falls in.

    Register it with the city, paint it bright colors, tell your family, friends and neighbors about it because this is one of the few survival items you want to be seen and found in. You will be dug out but it will happen faster if we know it’s there.

    Bicycle helmets, baseball and football helmets etc are good for the kids. If they have pads then have them wear them such as catcher or motocross chest pads. Many of these things are super cheap at garage sales too.

    For the working folks a hardhat, motorcycle helmet, gloves and sunglasses.

    For us into preparedness, law enforcement, security, military etc. then wear your tactical gear. Plate carrier, helmet, goggles, gloves are all not overkill once the debris starts flying even inside the shelter. I’ve seen numerous doors ripped off and debris fly back in as it passes.

    Even a camelback provides a barrier between you and your vitals as long as you move/wear it towards the threat. Do what you can with what you have.

    1. hello, thanks for the tips. I was wondering if a helmet would help which was confirmed here but what about goggles or glasses for eye protection? this is where I almost wish I was in a padded room (the padding might protect me) or perhaps one of those sump outfits.

      1. Adria Sorensen
        I mentioned eye protection in this. Even regular eyeglasses that are polymer and not glass will help.
        Safety goggles, sun glasses, helmet visors even swim goggles.
        Of course if an engine block is flying around it’s not gonna help but a large amount of insulation is flying around and that stuff in your eyes isn’t good.
        A solid shelter is best. Fall is a great time to get one because business is slow. Everyone waits till a tornado wipes things out to decide then can’t understand why it’s a 3 month wait.

        1. We have helmets and we wear life jackets too. I have a two story home. Do not really have an interior room so we get in the bathroom under the stairwell. It held together when we were hit by a violent F4 in 2011

      2. Adria Sorensen, Some people are building panic rooms they also double , IF built correctly as tornado shelters… we have looked into this option. use 4×6 construction and concrete blocks filled. and bolted in… look on you tube.. if you might have enough room.. could also be used for another use in”Non event” times…may give you some ideas, to secure a small area reinforce a stairwell etc.

        1. Just know that you really never know when a tornado is going to strike so be prepared and watch for signs and signals.
          Be SAFE!!!

      3. Adrian Sorenson,

        Yes, I would use goggles . Don’t use glasses because glasses are made of glass and they can shatter.

  3. Couple of things to remember when hunkering down:

    Wear shoes- if damage occurs there could be lots of broken glass around…

    Have a flashlight–even a small cheapie one that fits in a pocket is better than no light at all…

    Your cell phone–remember if you can’t call out that texting still may work due to less bandwidth needed by the possibly damaged/overloaded tower…

    A bottle of water and a snack if possible

    1. Kenny, Thanks for the additional tips! If you get somewhat ‘buried’, at least you’ll have some food and water at your side until rescue. Flashlight is excellent advice – quicker rescue locator for at night.

    2. I agree on the footwear. Watched a tv reporter showing damage done by a tornado with a guy walking through the debris wearing flip flops.

    3. Good point on phone,,,
      CB radio?
      Is channel 9 still emergency frequency?

      Was thinking CB radio, can run off a small 12v batt for a while, could have a vent pipe that you could stick a truck antenna up through to get reception?
      Just an idea,,,

      JS said something to Matt about being able to check outside conditions, i know some friends that have a backup camera rigged up that they stick out a 12″ port/vent was a unit they took off their rig when they did some upgrades, is a ir night camera, wide angle backup camera with a small screen, works pretty good though,

      we were checking out the storm shelter/root cellar one evening when over visiting them for dinner a while back, pretty cool actually, good improvise, could stick the pole with the camera up through the vent and turn it any direction to see what was out there, was pretty funny seeing his dogs nose up close, not so funny when the dog turned and peed on the thing,,, i think he raised the pipe after that little incident.

      We dont really get tornadoes here but having a shelter is nice for storing stuff you might need in an emergency or for a direct wack from a hurricane

    4. I love that you mentioned foot wear I am i n pryor ok and we are about to get a tornado I have a pair of socks and shoes right next to me

  4. Saturday evening I looked out the kitchen window at a lime green / black thunder storm approaching very near. The low clouds were swirling and you could just feel it, something nasty is about to happen. I sent everyone to the basement and made one last run outside to check the farm animals. I got back in the house and all hell broke loose. In ten minutes it was over. I went outside to check the animals / buildings etc. All was OK but 200 yards back my farm road a tornado (later classified as an EF-1) leveled a swath of 25 foot tall blue spruce flat on the ground 80 yards wide. The neighbors house had a large Pin Oak land on the edge and the other neighbors lost shingles with one house having 3 chimneys blown off at the roof line. A few of the 10 signs listed were apparent when this tornado approached and hit. This is my first in over 50 years. I hope it is the last.

    1. Wow… up close and personal with that one! It is amazing how they can scour the ground along their path. A total wrecking machine…

  5. Consider adding some safety goggles to your emergency kit if you live in a tornado prone area. If your tornado shelter becomes damaged flying bits of sand, dirt, and debris could seriously harm your eyes.

    Swimming goggles could be used in a pinch too, but just remember they aren’t built to meet the same standards.

  6. – I know that you have heard that thing about lightning not striking twice in the same place. Believe me it’s even less true for tornadoes. When I was a teenager working in a fast-food place, one night we watched no less than eleven hit the same little hilltop about half-a-mile north of us. The boss finally saw the last one and ordered us to close down, when he wouldn’t let us shut down earlier.

    When I was in the Army, stationed in Oklahoma, we staffed our own ambulances. One night we had multiple tornadoes hit. I was on the ambulance that responded to a nursing home downtown that had its roof torn off.

    We had moved all the residents across the street to a church that still had a roof and were trying to salvage all the medicines and records by throwing them in plastic trash bags and putting them in wheelchairs to keep them dry and be able to move them easily.

    Still another tornado, later rated as an EF3, came along and swept the remainder of the building, less the wing I and three others were working in, down to bare concrete.

    That same night, my wife’s boss had her husband and dog, along with her house all carried away, possibly by the same funnel. They found his body stripped naked and wrapped in roofing tin in the top of a tree almost a mile away the next day.

    Tornadoes are deadly, and nothing to fool with. I probably burned off almost a lifetimes worth of good luck that night.

    – Papa S.

  7. I spoke of my worst tornado encounter before but more in regard to how well our little community had things cleaned up and power restored quickly. Over the years I have lived in many tornado alleys so it was ironic that my worst encounter was in an area not known for tornadoes. I learned at a young age, when the conditions are right, you seek shelter immediately. Period. So we went into the basement in the designated area and waited about ten minutes before things really got scary. I knew things were going from bad to worse when the wind stopped blowing hard in one direction, paused, and then was blowing hard in the opposite direction. I was grateful for the glass block windows in the basement as I watched the pampas grass lay over. Immediately, we heard and felt a huge boom. A gigantic tree was uprooted and fell on our garage and our snowmobile trailer was also squashed….and we got off easy. This was the summer of 2010. We managed just fine because we have always been “prepped” for emergencies.

    Don’t ever mess around if any of the signs of a tornado are present. It happens quickly and 5he weather channel isn’t always accurate. Grab your go bag so you have needed supplies if your shelter area isn’t stocked (as it should be).

    One other item I would like to add is don’t keep heavy or dangerous items on shelves above your head in the shelter area. My DIL would shelter in her laundry room (in Georgia) which housed things like an iron above our heads. I promptly removed all dangerous items and put them outside the room. I also suggested she start keeping the baby’s diaper bag, water, and the snuggle (straps the baby to your chest) in that room. I grabbed my safety bag and she grabbed the baby. They have sirens that go off for warning. She now has a safety bag as well.

    And above all, don’t forget to pray for the safety of all affected by the storm.

  8. I arrived 150-200 ft from my house one night after work and had to walk up the street to my house. Yeah, the big tree blocking the road was annoying. Fortunately it wasn’t a longer walk because the crews were already out chopping up all the rest of the trees that fell in the road. Seems like a baby tornado had gone right up my street as if it knew where it was going. It had to be pretty small because the damage was limited to both sides of the street for maybe 1.5 miles.

    I immediately asked my wife if a freight train had just passed on all four sides of the house at once, and my wife replied that, yes, it sounded like that. Pretty close.

    Rare event here in Maine.

    1. I am currently in Ohio and the sky is dark yellow the storm is silent right now. The sky is getting darker. Should I go in the basement?

  9. Remember , Tornadoes do not always ” come at you m they start somewhere , maybe right over you . Take shelter if the conditions are present , especially if kids or elderly are involved .
    Any precaution is better than none

  10. I have seen two instances where workplace managers opted to keep employees working during tornadic situations . Bad mistake …..think of the lawsuits if deaths occured. The cost would far outweigh the production gained , plus it says to your employees ” you really don’t matter as much as production , In one instance the employees started a petition and submitted it to the company after refusal to let them seek shelter , which resulted in a written reprimand to the supervisor. Plus a loss of faith in them from the employees .

    1. That’s kinda rude, those managers are hurting innocent lives and probably taking them away from their families

  11. If you have access to a multiband radio , find out what ham radio frequencies are in use in your town or county . The amateur radio community usually has spotters on the ground during severe weather and they have a Races ( Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service ) coordinator . He relays pertinent information directly to the national weather service which in turn issues warnings , etc. This is a direct link cutting out the ” middle man” however Radar and Tv have become a vital tool in saving lives . You can take the radio with you in places you may not be able to take or use a TV . Even a transistor AM/FM radio can be useful to keep in your kit .

    1. What are the possibilities of getting hit by a tornado even if you’re in a safe area?

  12. I was living with my parents around the year of 2014 or 15. My cousins and my niece was there.we had been cooking a pizza in the oven. Living in Mississippi. We don’t normally have tornadoes hit in our location. So I was in the den and had been looking outside and walked into the kitchen and about to walk into the dining room and my parents were in their room and my dad yelled out tornado. I froze and I heard it coming it sounded like it was pulling the ground. My dad said go to the bathroom. I was moving like a robot being told what to do. I asked where my niece were at and once I made it to the bathroom I had gotten my niece and held her on the floor while everyone else were in there too. We prayed and we could feel the vibrations of the tornado. The tornado took a turn and we survived. We had shattered glass. It took a church that was on our street. It pulled pecan trees out the roots and left holes. And more.it had been daylight and it was dark outside when the tornado showed up.

  13. We do not have tornados on this side of Colorado where I live now.(west) they would occasionally get them on the Front Range outside of Denver when I lived there years ago. We would get really bad hail storms with flooding though, that is common all up and down the Front Range from New Mexico to Wyoming. Have to be careful going into a basement, make sure you have a way out. A number of people drowned in a basement due to a major storm event that flooded their end of Cheyenne years ago.
    One thing I noticed about an incoming hail storm, the sky turns the most beautiful turquoise blue/green color. When that happens, I look for something REALLY solid to get under. I have seen 6″ diameter hail go through a corrugated steel roof.

    1. West Colorado had several,.. years back. early 80’s…. DH was standing on York.near Thornton watched them… multiples form. Yes, mostly front range, some near the Divide, and a lot near Grand Junction.
      Please Do not get complacent. Our weather patterns are not stable. instability breeds tornado development.
      Average 60 per year. Weld county gets a lot..per hubby quick search.One near Winsor(sp)? injured 70+, He says he “grew up” in Colorado. Most are F1’s. you do not want to be around, even those without protection…
      We now live in a tornado alley. to go to protection… we must be watching storm systems as they move into our areas…. Some local- within90- 120 miles-broadcasters… do continual weather coverage until storms get to our area then cut them off…UUUGGGH. We must leave home at present.. no ability to make a basement under current house…would be above ground unit…and prefabs are not ventilated well, AND manufacturers think they are plated in gold, by prices.

      1. Just Sayin’,
        yeah, I always have my eyes on the weather. Wind, lightning, etc. WE don’t have a basement either due to water table. Thinking of putting a root cellar, but only 4-5′ deep with a foot or two of cover dirt.
        I run into a lot of “dust Devils” out in the Great Basin. They look harmless, but they can move you from one lane to another or off the road in an instant. I always try and look 100 yards ahead and side to side to see what the vegetation is doing when they are about.

        1. Minerjim, we have water table issue.. safe room seems our best.. even 18″here we had hole fill w/ water. Consider round structure, if unable to completely bury.winds seem to move around those(.section of big culvert?)

  14. This is creepy. We are under a tornado watch until midnight. I kept saying all day, “This looks like tornado weather.” Sure enough, a watch was issued from about 5 p.m. until midnight. The rain and wind stopped about an hour ago. But it was touch and go for a couple of hours. We don’t have basements in Florida. The best we could do is shelter in closet with the gun safe. I can fit into the gun safe. We have our BOBs in the same closet. Dh is too big to fit into the gun safe. He would just have to hold on.

    I have never been in a tornado but I have seen the damage they do. We had one touch down a few miles down the road. It took out a swath about 40 yards wide and three miles long. Telephone poles were snapped like toothpicks.

    1. Bam Bam,
      IF you plan to stay in that house you should consider possibility of adding/making a SAFE room.
      ….. some places that do not have official storm shelters have extra heavy construction in closets/bathrooms…We used to live in one of those with a 6×8 closet…Heavy framing.no windows…. we designated that as safe space.alternate was the cast iron bathtub…w/comforters
      I came home – from work…several times to find DD, her books and big dog in closet with her bicycle helmet on ,under and on some heavy comforters.with TV turned up so she could hear weather continual coverage..
      Yes, they do sound like a rumbling freight train…You do not want to feel them blow.
      .I have seen tornado damage up close and personal. piece of loose Formica thrown into and sticking out of a peach tree. Power poles used to hold up roof covering a mobile home( Uncle’s)..picked up and jammed down in ground an equal amount in new hole. trees twisted off that were 4 ft diameter at base.and the mobile home i lived in moved over 3 ft on one end…other end about 6 inches.(and it was tied down.!)storms coming in early morning hours are worse because can not know they are coming unless awake and alerted.good reason to have a weather radio.
      ken might want to post his link.

  15. Bam Bam,

    I’m also in Florida. Near Bradenton had a tornado warning even a alert on my phone tonight. I knew with the winds we had today that there would warnings. Crazy, reminds me of the no name storm.

    Where abouts are you located?

    A&O

  16. My granny was a believer that when the rain and wind stopped abruptly
    and it got very quite it was time to fling kids into the cellar.
    We passed the time eating her canned peaches and squashing spiders.
    After the tornado passed sometimes my dad would take us for a ride to look at the damage.One time we saw a big milk cow impaled on a tree
    root.

  17. The SE has many tornadoes, usually not big ones like tornado alley, that occur with each storm front out of the west. There are really no safe places in the US when it comes to tornadoes.

    One of the problems I have seen is so many warnings are issued on TV, radio, and on cellular that people tune them out. The warning signs listed are very good and I have seen them all. Be aware of your surroundings at all times in all conditions.

  18. Tornadoes are no joke! The one thing that I remember from the one in 2011 was the noise. It was literally like standing next to a freight train blowing it’s whistle and an earie sucking sound that you will never forget. Ten minutes later and the whole town was gone. I don’t wait for the warnings anymore. The first sight of a bad storm and we are in the basement. I don’t think I will ever see another storm that bad in Alabama again. The good Lord saved many that day but took some really great people home.

  19. I read many years ago that a tornado can suck the air from around a structure, making it collapse outward. The suggestion was to open windows to help equalize pressure (assuming you have time and forewarning to do that, of course). Has anyone else ever heard this?

    1. There was an episode (years ago) on the TV-series “Mythbusters” regarding your thoughts. As it turned out (if I recall correctly), if window(s) are left open, winds readily get in and can bring it all down. Whereas with all the windows shut, it was fine — until they opened a door — and the whole thing exploded. They used two model houses built to scale.

    2. – Chipmunk,
      Years ago that was what they believed. After a research team followed up in Wichita Falls in 1979, following the storm I was in and mentioned above, they found that wind getting in and swirling around was what caused all the damage. The houses with storm doors and windows had less damage.
      The other thing they found was that most injuries came from flying debris; closed windows and doors reduced injuries because the Debris was locked out.
      – Papa S.

    3. Chipmunk,
      I have heard it all my life. IF you are at ground zero , it makes no difference,whether windows are opened a crack ,a storm strong enough will break the windows. and remove the roof…. it CAN endanger someone delaying to get to shelter. Go to shelter do not delay opening or closing windows.

    4. The school I did my student teaching at had a tornado hit it the year before. The roof was gone off of all of the classrooms EXCEPT the ones that had the windows cracked. Those did fine.

    5. Additionally, if one searches the internet for cracking windows during a tornado, it is refuted as a myth. If a tornado strikes your location it’s going to do its thing – regardless…

  20. Where I used to live an F1 hit 1/4 of a mile from me. What woke me up was the lightening with NO thunder. Flashing and flashing almost strobe like. Whoa what tha heck. Got up and the local weather stated it was a mile from me heading my way. Had a middle bath in that house.
    So now I get my purse, phone, flashlight, blanket and a jacket to sit in the hall with. Mr. is an eye roller when I do this. We live in a modular and a direct hit would take it down.

  21. Mrs. U,
    It is our responsibility to teach them to play together better. LOL any suitable place to make a storm shelter.? might be something worth saving for…

  22. I have always hated tornadoes more than just about anything, short of a tsunami. They are just too personal a disaster! And, they like to come at night, when you are asleep.

    They victimize in a very undemocratic way…selecting this house…but not the house next to it..and so forth.

    I much prefer the disasters which put everyone in the same boat…like earthquakes.

  23. Well I was not going to re-comment on this Article, but I felt I needed to.

    Was almost 45 years ago, but the memory is still as clear as if yesterday (what day is this anyways ???).

    Was sitting in the house minding my own business (different for me I know) when I hear the most God awful sound you could ever imagine. Was sort of like that infamous Train coming right through the front door but it was more of a screeching sound, like steel tearing or off tune sirens.

    Seriously; I will never NEVER forget the noise.

    Second thing that happened was when I stood up and almost fell over from the hurricane wind coming right through the house, was like standing right behind a 747 doing a test run-up of it’s engines, all 4 at once. Was a nasty smelling awful wind, ever smell fish that have been sitting out in the sun for 2-3 days?

    Then was the sight, OMG really? Ever feel like you looked right into the eye of the Devil? I used to think I was a sort of a tough guy back then, let me tell you, you want to see a man cry, holy cow.

    What was totally amazing is this “event” lasted for almost 40 minutes……

    Yes that was the day my ex-wife and her “boyfriend” come to pick up her “stuff”.

    Ok Ok, Ken sorry I just had to toss out a little humor into the mix… hehehehe

    1. NRP
      Whew,
      It was just the ex and her boyfriend.
      Lucky you.

      I thought you were gonna say Pelosi and Hillary came a knockin.

      I get shudders just thinking about it

    2. Do one day I saw hail and I was like 27
      Then I saw a funnel

      Then I saw a funnel
      I covered my head on the lowest floor
      I slept through it

      Ever think about you lookin at the devil yea that’s what I thought

  24. We built a new house with a concrete porch, it didn’t cost much more in the overall cost of the home to go down another 5 feet and install a door from the basement. We like the security of a storm shelter with the big bonus of cool food storage accessible only from inside the house.

  25. Sirens went off today, turned out they were just testing the sirens, but it is in the forecast. I have to rethink a lot of things concerning tornadoes. Leaping out of the house is definitely not going to happen with all the debris fired like shrapnel. Flooded basements is an issue, gotta be careful about what is stored there, but on the other hand upstairs can be a problem also. Some things to work out, I think we are going to have a stormy summer.

  26. okay so i was outside in the front of my house the i saw i cloud that was twisting very slowly then i went into the house because it started raining and the wind was very strong the rain and wind only lasted for 1 minute how is that possible and now it is just very sunny outside.

  27. There are signs of a tornado in our home town. What should we do? We have a lot of stuff and I am not sure it’ll fit in our bath tub. Will we even be able to get out of the bathtub if the roof falls? What about all our things? We will have so much loss! Please give some adive it is ergent. Thanks so much because you might have saved our lives

  28. Feb 2nd 2007 at 3am my family was hit by a F5. As a tornado survivor I’ll tell you the truth.

    Apart from being in an underground bunker there is nothing you can do.

    It will flatten your house very easily.

    You got maybe if your lucky about 8 seconds to get to your bunker if you dont get a warning ahead of time.

    Helmets, to me that’s a joke. Your head protected sure, while the rest of you is being toren limb from limb and beaten to death by debris.

    A lady did survive in a bathtub down the street from me. But her husband that laid on her was beaten to death by debris. She was extremely lucky. It should be noted that it was a metal tub. I believe it made the difference. Out of the entire old folks park she was the lone survivor. All other trailers were wiped out.

    The truth is, only the lucky survive. I was lucky, many were not and no amount of prep could of saved their lives. A tornado is a ruthless unstoppable monster and the only hope anyone has is to get underground before it comes.

    If you live in Florida like I do where basements isn’t a thing. Then pray and may God protect you.

    If you do survive, you’ll be traumatized for life. Every time it rains, I’m on the weather app and checking the clouds.

    Center of the house and all this nonsense to me is absurd. If it wants you your dead. Roll the dice and good luck.

    Survival experts.. never been hit. Neck beards who are talking out of their a$$. What good is the center of the house when the whole house is being ripped apart and smashed into a hundreds sharp spears? Lol

    1. Yes, an F5 is an ultimate monster. Get underground, or likely perish if it hits.

      When severe weather is around, it’s a very good idea to monitor the radar. My favorite radar app is “RadarScope”. It only costs 10 bucks a year. Well worth it. And it should go without saying – to have a weather alert radio in your home.

      You mentioned that you live in Florida. I recall one time while visiting my sister there, one night a tornado came through only a few miles away. The next morning I drove over there to witness the wreckage. Crazy. The neighborhood was not flattened, but severely damaged. Those inside their homes would potentially benefit from some of the common sense advice.

      However, a direct hit from a monster tornado… not much you can do except get out of the way or get underground.

      Oh, also, no neck beard for me. Not my style.

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