Tornado Safety is Important, even in Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, Florida | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch
Springtime weather is unpredictable; you should always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown. Just this past Friday, April 19th, we had a Tornado watch issued for areas near East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch.
April and May traditionally have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States. Read on as we explore some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.
Conditions That Can Cause a Tornado
Roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year, and they are a result of thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”
A tornado will be born when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.
If you are looking for the signature funnel cloud, you will not see it at first because it is transparent until it picks up water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or dust and debris.
A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.
Tornadoes typically occur during the late afternoon, but it is vital to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.
What You Should Do for a Tornado Warning
Knowing the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning is important. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.
If you are in the path of a warned tornado, it is imperative that you take action to find safe shelter immediately.
- Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
- The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
- If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
- If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
It is a good idea to always have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your home tornado shelter.
When a tornado occurs while you are driving, NEVER attempt to outrun it. Also, when you are sheltering in your home, items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets will provide further protection to your head and neck.
Tornadoes can create havoc on the areas where they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.
If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.