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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 5:16 AM CST on March 03, 2015


... Continuing severe weather awareness week in Texas... Oklahoma...
Louisiana... and Arkansas...

Today's topic is tornadoes and tornado safety...

Tornadoes are one of natures most violent storms. In an average
year... about 1000 tornadoes are reported across the United States...
resulting in 85 deaths and over 1500 injuries. A tornado is a
violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the
ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous
destruction... with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can
exceed a mile in width and 50 miles in length.

Tornadoes can occur anywhere in your state ... and at any
time of the year. However... peak tornado season is during the months
of March through may... with nearly 70 percent of all tornadoes
occurring during this time period. April is the single most active
tornado producing month in our region. Incidentally... Texas...
Oklahoma... Louisiana... and Arkansas rank among the top states in the
nation in the number of reported tornadoes.

Tornadoes can travel at over 50 mph... and can destroy a building in a
few seconds. Therefore... it is important to know the safety rules for
surviving a tornado.

When inside homes and small buildings... you should go to the basement
or the lowest level of the building. If no basement is available... go
to a closet... bathroom... or an interior hallway away from any
windows. Protect yourself from flying debris with thick blankets...
pillows... cushions... sleeping bags or mattresses.

When at schools... hospitals... factories or shopping malls... go to the
designated shelter areas... usually an interior hallway on the lowest
floor level. Always stay away from windows. Kneel on the floor
against the wall and place hands over your head to provide some
protection for your head.

When in Mobile homes or portable buildings... leave these
structures and go inside a strong building for shelter. If there is
no shelter nearby... get into the nearest ditch or depression. Lie
flat with your hands shielding your head.

When in a vehicle... buckle your seat belt and try to drive away from
the tornado or to the closest sturdy shelter. If there is no shelter
nearby... you have the following options... stay in the car with your
seat belt on... putting your head below windows... and covering your
head with your hands or blankets if possible... or exit the car and
get into a ditch or low lying area.

Planning ahead and knowing the safety rules is essential in being
prepared when a tornado strikes.

The National Weather Service would like to thank everyone involved in
making severe weather awareness week a Success.


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