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Severe Weather Awareness Week

By WBNG Weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM EDT

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the week of April 28 through May 2 Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York. Each day this week, a different severe weather topic will be discussed. The hope is to make more people aware of the dangers that severe weather can bring.

Severe weather has killed more than 50 people in New York over the last 20 years. When you factor in the number one severe weather killer, Flash Flooding, that number rises.

The National Weather Service urges media outlets as well as other public and private entities to help raise awareness during this week.

By understanding severe weather terms and severe weather safety, lives will be saved. It is up to you to prepare yourself, your family and your property, for when severe weather strikes. Knowing these dangers and definitions will help you feel safe and even better prepared.

Today’s topic: tornadoes.

What is a tornado? A tornado is a violently spinning column of air that is in contact with the ground. Wind speeds inside a tornado range from under 100mph to over 200mph. They can also move along the ground at incredible speeds of up to 70mph.

If a tornado warning is issued for your area it means that a tornado has been spotted, or has been indicated by Doppler weather radar. If your county or town is listed in the tornado warning, remain calm and do not panic. If you are at home or in a small building, go to the basement or to an interior room on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or cover yourself with a mattress.

Severe Weather Preparedness

To find out where to go if a tornado warning is issued and you are not at home visit:

Tornado Facts

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