Weather Blog: Tornado Safety

This week is Severe Weather week in Indiana. We're focusing on tornado safety as we head into severe weather season.

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 7:11 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2020 8:12 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — One of the deadliest parts of severe weather season are tornadoes.

A tornado is a violently counterclockwise rotating column of air that comes down from a thunderstorm and touches the ground.

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Typically they only last for a few minutes, but they can last for an hour or more and travel several miles, leaving damage in its wake.

According to the National Weather Service, about 1200 tornadoes occur each year in the United States.

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Their peak season is from April to June.

Most of them happen in the central U.S., which is why it has been nicknamed Tornado Alley.

It's very important to create a plan before severe weather occurs, so you know what to do.

When a tornado warning is issued, that means a tornado has been spotted and is on ground.

You must get to your safe place immediately.

The best place to be is in the most interior room of your home.

You must get away from all windows because the glass will shatter.

A basement is the best place to seek shelter from a tornado in.

If you don't have a basement, an interior bathroom and closet are also good places to go until the tornado passes.

If you live in a mobile home, you need to seek shelter in a permanent structure.

A mobile home is not safe.

But what happens if you're in the car?

You need to seek shelter in a permanent structure or get as low to the ground as you can in a ditch.

You should never try to outrun a tornado or hide under a bridge or overpass because it could collapse.

If you want more forecast information, head over to our weather page. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 109683

Reported Deaths: 3495
CountyConfirmedDeaths
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Lake10095315
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St. Joseph593596
Allen5849198
Hamilton4589109
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Hendricks2617120
Monroe230036
Johnson2236122
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Clark208156
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Warrick109335
Marshall97524
Boone94046
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Noble86932
Grant85833
Henry74224
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Jackson7279
Morgan68538
Shelby66129
LaGrange62911
Daviess62827
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Clinton59012
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Montgomery49521
White47514
Knox4689
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Miami4223
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Scott35010
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Carroll26713
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Jefferson2383
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Newton16711
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Fountain1152
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Confirmed Cases: 142596

Reported Deaths: 4608
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Hamilton12622307
Montgomery7402151
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Summit5056248
Marion305447
Mahoning2981279
Warren287648
Stark2706168
Pickaway262344
Lorain223886
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Fairfield198350
Columbiana191480
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Clark170438
Wood164671
Clermont159420
Lake155849
Medina141238
Allen135367
Miami132649
Greene131326
Portage105666
Mercer103317
Tuscarawas90819
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Erie88044
Ross84822
Richland77518
Madison77012
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Geauga70147
Hancock6469
Ashtabula63848
Athens5812
Lawrence58118
Shelby5599
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Sandusky55220
Putnam52823
Huron5207
Union4742
Ottawa46430
Scioto4556
Seneca42914
Preble41513
Holmes3697
Muskingum3652
Jefferson3184
Henry29012
Logan2883
Champaign2853
Perry2839
Knox27715
Clinton27613
Defiance27610
Brown2722
Hardin24813
Morrow2472
Washington24223
Coshocton23011
Fulton2281
Fayette2236
Jackson2234
Highland2193
Ashland2164
Crawford2136
Wyandot20012
Williams1953
Gallia17912
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Hocking1599
Guernsey1557
Carroll1497
Pike1440
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