The weather forecasters predict a high possibility of severe tornado weather this spring.

Tornadoes appear as a rotating funnel shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Look for the following danger signs: dark greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low lying rotating cloud and a loud roar similar to a freight train. Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May. Tornadoes usually form between 3 and 9 pm, but can occur at any time.

A tornado watch means that a tornado is possible. Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. People in affected areas should make preparations for severe weather.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has actually been spotted or is strongly indicated on radar, and it is time to seek shelter.

Go to an inner hallway, a smaller inner room or a closet away from windows and glass doors.

Do not use elevators as power may fail and you may get trapped.

Cover your head and eyes with a towel or blanket to protect against flying objects.

Keep your pets on leashes or in a carrier so you can move them easily.

Thanks to the Lions Club International for the above text.  We at MetroSurance want you stay safe this tornado season.  Make sure you’re well prepared in the event of extreme weather.   If you’re not sure if your current insurance will cover a disaster like a tornado; or if you’re uninsured and need help getting started, give us a call.  We’ll be more than happy to help you be ready for anything.