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Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Safety Basics:
1. Get In:
2. Get Down:
3. Cover Up
4. Remain Calm
More details can be found within this brochure: pdf version
Types of Severe Weather:
Tornado: A violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm cloud to the ground. The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale is used to categorize tornadoes.
Severe Thunderstorm: A thunderstorm that produces a tornado, damaging winds of 58 mph or higher, and/or quarter (1 inch) size hail or larger.
Flash Flood: a flood which will create an immediate threat to life or property. Safety rules for flash flooding can be found with this brochure (15MB pdf)
High Wind: A High Wind Warning is issued for sustained winds of 40 mph or wind gusts of 58 mph