TN Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with a focus on tornadoes.
By definition, a tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Often (but not always) a funnel of water droplets, dust, and debris forms which makes the tornado visible.
Tornadoes form from supercells, or rotating thunderstorms.
Around 1,200 tornadoes occur in the US each year. But tornado records only go back to 1950 and tornado reporting has evolved over recent years to better report tornadoes. Tornadoes cause an average 60-65 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year.
Since 1950, there have been 25 tornadoes recorded in Hamilton County. 27 tornadoes have crossed through Bradley County. One tornado was recorded in our area in 2015 in Monroe, Tennessee; it was an EF-1 with winds between 86 and 100 mph.
Plan ahead in case a tornado warning is issued for your area. Predetermine the safe spot in your home to be during a tornado.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center recommends getting to a basement, away from windows, and protect your head – wearing a helmet can help protect your head.
If there is no basement, get to the lowest floor in an interior room with no windows and protect your head. Under a stairwell or in a bath tub can offer partial protection.
Mobile homes, even those tied down, are not safe during tornadoes.