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Warning Signs You Should Look Out For During This Tornado Season

In 2022, we lost 474 precious lives due to different climate disasters. The US reports an average of 1000 tornadoes per year, which is alarming.

State governments issue warnings before every tornado so that people can prepare themselves for the storm. However, storms are often unpredictable, and predicting a storm’s intensity is hard. In such cases, people must rely on their instincts and prepare accordingly.

Here are some tornado warning signs for you.

1. A Wall Cloud

The most common sign of a tornado is a wall cloud. It is a funnel-shaped cloud that can become powerful with increasing wind pressure. Not every funnel-shaped cloud reaches the ground, but you can’t be sure about weather conditions. This is why when you see a funnel-shaped cloud forming, you must start preparing for a tornado.

2. Changes in the Sky

The second warning sign is that the sky turns dark. In the initial phase, the sky may seem normal, but if you notice it getting darker with each hour, there is a high chance that the funnel-shaped cloud will get develop into a tornado. This is the time when you need to take safety measures.

3. Falling Debris

It is often impossible to locate a tornado due to low visibility. In such cases, you need to look for any debris falling from the sky. Tornadoes throw everything back to the ground, so even if you can’t see the funnel-shaped clouds, falling debris is a good enough sign for you to move into your storm shelter in Norman.

4. Loud Noises

If you live in Oklahoma, you must have heard a typical “tornado sound” before, as the state receives tornadoes every year. It is a loud roaring sound, which travels faster than the tornado, making it easier for people to know that a tornado is approaching.

The next time you hear such a sound, be assured that a tornado is on the way and take the necessary measures.

5. Hail Storm

Another common tornado warning sign is that it rains and hails heavily whenever a funnel-shaped cloud is on the way. The rain has a specific pattern as well. It usually starts pouring heavily and then stops because of changing winds.

You must be cautious in such weather.

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These are some tornado warning signs that you need to be aware of. If you’re looking to build a safe room, contact us. We are storm shelter experts in Norman. Whether you want to build an underground garage shelter, a concrete storm shelter, or an underground bunker, we will do the job for you.

Reach out to us now!

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