Updated: Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009, 6:06 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009, 6:06 PM CDT
Almost half of the states in the nation see more tornadoes than Wisconsin does each year, but that doesn’t mean the twisters should be overlooked.
On average, 21 tornadoes strike the Badger State per year, some causing more damage than others. While the amount of damage caused is virtually uncontrollable, there are precautions that can be taken to prevent injuries or fatalities.
If you are at home, go to the basement. Find a safe place away from windows, get under sturdy furniture and keep in mind what is above you.
If you don’t have a basement, go to the lowest level and find an interior room.
But not everyone is indoors when a tornado strikes. If you are in your car find a safe shelter or lie down in a low lying ditch and cover your head.
Tornadoes; however, aren’t the only element of severe weather. Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued due to hail, high winds or a combination of both.
In the case of a severe thunderstorm warning, go inside and find an interior room. Stay away from windows and avoid electrical appliances.
Another tip to remember is the 30-30 rule. It means that if you
hear thunder within 30 seconds of seeing lightning, the storm is
six miles away and it is time to get inside.
Then wait an additional 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before going back outside.
A severe thunderstorm warning or a tornado warning have yet to be issued in Northeast Wisconsin this season, but keeping these ideas in mind could make a difference when severe weather strikes.