The truth about Tornadoes
- Primary tornado season in Indiana is from March through June, but tornadoes can occur any month-- and they've done just that.
- Tornadoes often form in the southwest portion of thunderstorms- next to the part of the storm where heavy rain or hail is falling. If you observe large hail, you are under the most intense part of the storm. Take Cover!
- The most tornadoes to occur during a 24 period in Indiana was 37 on June 2, 1990.
- Indiana averages 20 Tornadoes a year.
- "Opening windows will equalize air pressure and prevent an explosion"
- Fact: Most experts agree that tornado-force winds will take care of opening the windows for you. Forget this old advice. Take cover immediately!
- "Go to the Southwest Corner of your Basement"
- Fact: Some studies suggest this might actually be the most dangerous place in your basement. If a tornado hits from the southwest, it could push debris into that area. No matter where you go, try to hide under a mattress or sturdy piece of furniture to maximize protection.
- "Tornadoes never strike big cities"
- Fact: In the past several years, tornadoes have roared through several major cities including Miami; Nashville Tenn; and Fort Worth Texas. Despite folklore, no city or town has "Natural Protection" from a tornado.