Hot, humid weather combined with a cold front could be a sign that a tornado is brewing. A funnel cloud hanging from a dark cloud may be visible before the tornado actually occurs. A tornado may be accompanied by lightning, high winds and hail.
Go to the basement immediately.
- If there isn’t a basement, take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway or protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.
- Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.
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- Take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or the ground floor.
- Do not use the elevator and stay away from windows.
- Avoid buildings such as gymnasiums, shopping malls, arenas, and auditoriums with large free spanning roofs as these could collapse.
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- Try not to get caught in a car or a mobile home.
- Take shelter elsewhere, such as a building with a strong foundation.
- If no shelter is available, get out of and away from the vehicle. It could be blown through the air, or roll over on you. Take cover in a low-lying area such as a ditch or a ravine.
- Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and eyes from flying debris.