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The picture above was in Remington, Virginia on September 17, 2004


Tornadoes are spawned from strong thunderstorms and are extremely dangerous. Sometimes tornadoes can develop quickly without providing ample time for advance warning.

A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. If a watch is broadcast, stay tuned for further information, possible warnings, and be prepared to take cover.

A tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or is indicated by radar. Warnings are issued for individual counties and include the tornado’s location, direction, and speed.

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  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms. Look for the following signs:
    • Dark, often greenish sky
    • Large hail
    • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
    • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
    • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

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