Tornado Warning Signs and Safety Precautions for Ohio

April 18, 2012

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Tornado season has arrived here in Ohio, which means it’s time to think about severe weather safety. Will you and your family be prepared?

Today, we’ll examine some of the warning signs of an approaching tornado and what you should do to keep your family as safe as possible.

According to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, peak tornado season in Ohio is usually around April through July with most tornados occurring between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. However, a tornado can happen at any time, during any month of the year, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the warning signs of an approaching tornado.

Tornado Warning Signs

Weather forecasting is never perfect. We’re all well aware of that fact. In some cases, a tornado can occur without any warning signs. Nevertheless, there are a few warning signs that you and your family should be aware of, besides an obviously visible tornado.

  • Hail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or an intense wind shift
  • A dark, often greenish, sky
  • A loud continues rumble that doesn’t fade like thunder
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base
  • Bright flashes at ground level caused by snapping power lines
If you or someone in your family notices any of these tornado warning signs, find a radio or turn on the TV for confirmation. Even better, take a radio with you down into the basement to be extra careful.

Tornado Safety Precautions

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness urges Ohioans to us this mnemonic device when a tornado is approaching—DUCK!

D – Go down to the lowest level of your home

U – Get under something protective

C Cover your head

K Keep in shelter until the storm has passed

For even more information, check out the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness Website.

Tornados are no joke. Make sure your family and friends are safe this season and check with your insurance agent to be sure your Ohio homeowners insurance policy provides enough coverage.

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