It’s Tornado time in Tennessee.
Tornadoes can be life threatening and very deadly as they can form in a minutes notice and leave a pathway of destruction. Almost two-thirds of tornadoes that have occurred in Middle Tennessee have taken place in the spring months of March, April, and May. You need to know what to do to be prepared in case a tornado is spotted. Here are some tips that we’ve gathered from The Red Cross and the National Weather Service.
You’ve heard of Tornado Alley but have you heard of Dixie Alley?
The term “Dixie Alley” is used for the areas in the southeastern parts of the United Stateswhich typically includes the lower MississippiValleyand the upper TennesseeValley. Dixie Alley has nearly the same number tornadoes ranked F-3 or higher as Tornado Alley but there are more tornado deaths in Dixie Alley. This is mainly due to the area being more densely populated and also because this area has a higher number of mobile homes.
While the location and meaning of Tennessee Tornado Alley will have a different meaning to just about anyone you talk to so to its location. The location of Tennessee’s Tornado Alley is suppose to be based on the number of tornadoes per county were per square miles and currently there are two area’s which qualify.
The first covers five counties that include; Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, and Wilson Counties. The second is in southern Middle Tennessee in Giles, Lincoln, and Marshall Counties.
Most locals and old timers have always referred to Tennessee’s Tornado Alley as the most frequented paths that tornadoes have taken over the years throughout the Middle Tennessee area, the commonly known hot beds of deadly Tornado activity.
This would include an area that begins just east of the Tennessee River and heads into Montgomery County, Robertson and Sumner County as well as an area south of Nashville that begins near Perry County and heads east into Maury, Williamson and sometimes Rutherford County.
What is a Tornado?
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. The intensity of a Tornado is measured by the Fujita Scale with rankings from F0 to F5 (the strongest). A tornado is capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like missiles.
A Tornado Watch
When you are under a tornado watch that means that the weather conditions are prime for the formation of a tornado. Keep your radio/TV tuned for updates on the weather. Make sure everyone had and knows your family emergency plan. Make sure that you have supplies set up in your safe room.
- Dark greenish or orange-gray skies
- Large hail
- Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped clouds
- A loud roar that is similar to a freight train
A Tornado Warning
Take cover in a basement, storm cellar or interior room with no windows, such as a closet, hallway or bathroom. When you are under a tornado warning it means that a tornado has be sited or indicated by weather radar.
- Take shelter immediately
- Listen to your local radio for updates
- Following the National Weather Service Safety Guidelines
- If you are in a building:
Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the buildings lowest level. If you don’t have a basement, take shelter in the center of an interior room on the lowest level, such as a bathroom, closet or interior hallway that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
- If you are in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home:
Get out immediately and go to a nearby sturdy building or storm shelter and seek shelter on its lowest floor.
- If you are outside without nearby shelter:
Lie down in a ditch, ravine, or depression nearby and cover your head with your hands.
Be Ready – What to have on hand
- Weather Radio
- Weather app on your phone so you will be notified of changing weather conditions
- Email alerts to yourself
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Water and snack bars
- Rain gear
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