Post # 1
Here in Upstate, NY tornados are few and far between. I’ve been lucky enough to never have experienced one and I’d like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, we appear to be under a tornado warning. This stresses me out. I’m normally not one to panic over weather but seeing what happened in MO is freaking me out a little.
The wind is crazy and it’s raining pretty weird. FI doesn’t seem concerned but the cats been acting strange.
Tell me I have nothing to worry about…
Post # 5
just keep the radio on, have a flashlight and couple blankets on hand. They’ll issue instructions over the radio usually.
Post # 6
Probably shouldn’t worry too hard, but I’d put a flashlight and a pillow in a closet or the bathtub.
Post # 7
Get in the bath tub in the innermost bathroom (if you have more than one), and pull the mattress in there with you. Hide under it. Don’t stand in the window waiting to see it.
Post # 8
If you’re really afraid, then you can go sit in the bathtub (if there is one) or something of whatever room is the most “central” in the house, with no outer walls.
Last summer, when I lived in an apartment on the 2nd floor, my roommate and I were wondering whether we would have enough time to DIVE to the bottom of the stairs once we knew for sure a tornado was coming. Or, if when it actually came, it would already be there. We never figured out. Sorry to not be any more help, I HATE potential tornado-causing storms.
Post # 9
9 times out of 10, it’s nothing. We were under one yesterday for nearly an hour because a funnel cloud was spotted, but never touched down.
But here in Missouri, we are under them all the time. We don’t take them very seriously, as we have bad weather a lot. A friend that lives in Joplin said that on Sunday when the sirens went off, she didn’t think twice. She lost her house that day, and luckily not her life. I am definitely taking them more seriously now.
Post # 10
yeah, that’s the annoying thing. I mean, who WANTS to go sit in their bathtub for 2 hours? not me. But what about the 1/1000 chance that it saves your life? argh.
Post # 11
A tornado warning doesn’t necessarily mean that a tornado is on the ground. It just means that the radar is indicating some rotation in the clouds and the conditions are favorable to produce a tornado. I wouldn’t be worried until you hear them tell you it’s headed towards your neighborhood. Keep the TV or radio on, and they should tell you a time table of when the storm will be where. Like the other bees have said, head to a closet or bathroom in the innermost part of your apartment or house.
Post # 12
I didn’t realize that the warnings were that far north–the local news has interrupted all TV down here about it. If you don’t have a basement, the bathtub or a central room in the doorway is the best. If one is coming though, they are suppose to sound like a train. It’ll will hopefully be nothing–we seem to be getting the warnings down here in PA a lot anymore.
Post # 13
Yes a warning is just that “tornadic activity” is in your area, meaning tornadoes could easily form. Unless you hear warning sirens going off, you should be fine, just keep an eye out on your local weather and have some flashlights handy. If you have to take cover, get in your bathtub with pillows and blankets on you, or in a very innermost closet or windowless area in your house. Don’t panic! It’s usually nothing to be too alarmed about, especially up in your area.
Post # 14
You don’t need to worry until it turns into a “tornado watch” usually. We’re under tornado warnings all the time and sometimes it’s only cloudy outside…
ETA: I’m dumb. Don’t listen to me 🙂
Post # 15
Some news outlets are reporting a tornado warning and others are saying it’s just a severe thunderstorm. Fingers crossed for the latter.
Post # 16
@UpstateCait: relax! It’s so not the drama.
(call me, beep me if you want to reach me!)