Although tornadoes in Providence are rare, it is important to learn how to take safety precautions to avoid injury and minimize property damage if your area is impacted by a tornado. Often the result of a severe thunderstorm, winds can reach 300 mph and damage paths can be extensive. It is advisable to understand the warning signs of a tornado and to seek shelter during severe lightning and thunderstorm.
Although sometimes tornadoes develop so rapidly that there is no advance warning, common signs of an approaching storm include:
- A revolving, funnel-shaped cloud
- A dark, almost greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud
- A loud roar, similar to a freight train
Tornado Watches and Warning
Tornado Watch: Pay attention to changing weather conditions and be prepared to shelter immediately.
Tornado Warning: Seek shelter immediately as a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.