April Showers Bring May Storms???
The old adage April showers brings May flowers may be true but April and May also bring more risk of severe weather. April and May are generally the most active months in North Carolina for tornadoes. As well. Tornadoes strike quickly and with incredible velocity. Some tornadoes have been reported to have wind speeds of 300 miles per hours. They can uproot trees, tear structures off their foundations and make the most innocuous items into deadly projectiles.
What Can you Do To Protect Yourself?
The safest place for yourself and your family is a basement or s storm cellar. If that is unavailable an interior room on the lowest level is your next best location.
In addition to knowing where to go in the event of a storm having a battery powered weather radio is very important. The average warning time for a tornado is 13 minutes which means it is 13 minutes from the time the warning is issued to the projected landfall at your location. With only 13 minutes to seek shelter practicing your family’s tornado drill regularly will save critical time.
Finally, make sure you have a disaster / emergency kit prepared and stored in your shelter area. For more information on what you need to include in your kit please visit www.ces.ncsu.edu