What to do if you encounter severe weather
WEST CARROLTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Surviving severe weather requires a plan for its imminent impact. It is important to create it and know what to do when a big storm is coming.
The turnaround time for severe weather warnings has increased over the years and is currently around 13 minutes, but not all storms are the same and so it is important to have multiple ways to get hours and warnings in order to put your plan into action as soon as possible. fast way.
Logan Clark, NWS Wilmington meteorologist, said: “Sometimes we hope to give a few minutes lead time, but it can be just a matter of seconds when a tornado warning is issued and you actually have time to take action.”
If you are driving due to a tornado warning, get off the road if possible and enter a solid building. It is not recommended to take shelter under the overpass, as hurricane winds can turn flying debris into a rocket.
Dr. Jana Hauser, an associate professor of meteorology at Ohio State, said: “When you have winds that come together and sort of hit this mound, what it does end up doing is actually pushing all that air in. underground crossing. And as a result, a wind tunnel scenario is created. So, essentially, you’re actually accelerating the wind under that flyover.”
Living in a mobile home is not safe during severe weather, which accounts for approximately 40% of tornado deaths. You should always keep an eye on the weather forecast for the day so that you can evacuate if necessary.
Houser said: “People who live in mobile homes understand that mobile homes are never a safe option for shelter. Even a wind as strong as a tornado is not needed to almost completely topple a mobile home.”
If a tornado is approaching on the road, do not get out and cover your head below the windshield to prevent flying debris from hitting you.
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