Severe Weather Awareness: Tornadoes

By: Rodney Harris Email
By: Rodney Harris Email

Tornado Safety

"The noise was interesting because it wasn't just thunderclaps, it was a low, constant rumble. Almost like a jet; a far away jet", said Herschel Laughlin, a Robertson county viewer who caught a tornado on-camera in 2008.

With the arrival of spring comes the frequent battle of very cold and warm air, ultimately setting the stage for one of the most powerful elements Mother Nature can produce – tornadoes.

Defined as “a violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground...”, twisters touch down an average of 137 times a year in Texas – more than any other state.

Fortunately, over 90% of twisters in the Brazos Valley are considered weak, as was the case on May 7, 2008 when an EF-0 tornado touched down in Bremond.

Tornadoes usually occur in the late afternoon and evening hours in the heart of spring, but history has also shown that they can occur at anytime! This was proven in December 2006 when an F1 tornado produced $2.8 million worth of damage in College Station.

The best defense during a twister is to know exactly what to do when one strikes.

Always remember to get to the lowest floor in the central most part of your home, as far away from windows and sharp objects as possible.

Tornado Safety

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