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HENRY COUNTY WEB
Of the surrounding counties Shelby and Henry Counties have the most confirmed tornadoes from 1950-1997, with 13 and 10 respectively.
TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODS
A tornado is a rapidly spinning column of air. They occur most often in the spring when warm and cold air fronts collide, peak season is March through May, but tornadoes can occur at anytime of year. The most likely time for a tornado to occur is the warmest part of the day, usually between 3:00 and 9:00 pm
Floods and flash floods take lives, and destroy property also. A "flood" is slow rising water from a river, stream, etc. They occur at any time of year, but are more common in spring. Run-off from heavy rains, melting snow, or drainage blocked by ice or snow are contributing factors. A "flash flood" can occur in minutes or hours after extreme rainfall. They come with fast, strong currents and are especially dangerous because people underestimate the force or moving water. More deaths are attributed to flooding than any other weather related phenomena.
MORE ABOUT TORNADOES, STORMS AND FLOODS
A WATCH means that conditions are favorable for a thunderstorm, tornado or flash flood. Tornadoes form quickly and often without warning. The winds or a tornado are faster than even the winds of a hurricane, reaching speeds of nearly 320 mph.
Tell-tale signs that circumstances are right for a tornado include very dark or greenish skies, large hail and a load roar, likened to the sound of a train. You might also witness things flying in the air; commonly black objects that are easily mistaken for birds are debris trapped in the funnel. The debris is often shingles ripped from roofs, but can be much much bigger and dangerous, including trees, bricks, cars and trucks!
You should be making plans when a "watch" is issued.
A WARNING means a weather event is actually occurring. In the case of a tornado it means that a funnel has been sighted, detected by radar or touched down on the ground.
A flash flood warning means that a flood is occurring in your area at the moment or will happen soon. Currents are strong and deceptive, water may be deep and moving faster than you think or observe. Don't underestimate the power of rushing water that might also be carrying large debris from upstream.
It's time to take action when a "warning" is declared.
WHAT TO DO:
If you are INDOORS: Stay indoors. Go to an interior hallway or the basements. If you have no basement go to the center of the house on the ground floor in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Keep clear of windows, doors and exterior walls. If you are in a mobile home, leave and take cover in the nearest ditch or ravine and shield your head. (If available, mobile home residents should get to a community shelter or a neighbor's conventional home.) Make sure the ditch you choose is NOT beneath power lines or close to trees; power lines can break and fall, trees can uproot and fall or attract lightening.
If you are IN YOUR CAR: Tornado movement is too fast and erratic, don't try to outrun the tornado. If possible leave your car and seek shelter indoors. If you are in open country, you can try driving away from a tornado at right angles, but if there is no time to maneuver out of the path of destruction, leave the car and lay as flat as possible in the nearest ditch or ravine. Make sure the ditch you choose is NOT beneath power lines or close to trees; power lines can break and fall, trees can uproot and fall or attract lightening.
If you are OUTDOORS: Lie as flat as possible in the nearest ditch or ravine. Make sure the ditch you choose is NOT beneath power lines or close to trees; power lines can break and fall, trees can uproot and fall or attract lightening.
FLASH FLOODS: You should move to higher ground, but do not cross water.
Being PREPARED for TORNADOES and other disasters:
Things to have on hand:
Preparedness for medium to long term disasters:
If you have a shelter or other safe place to store the following items you might be glad you did:
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This site was created by Joyce K. Meyer, on October 26, 1997.
Last revised on 05/30/15.