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How To Survive: Tornadoes

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

In the words of the beautiful red slippered Dorothy, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore! Join us this week for Julie’s first passion, Tornadoes and learn how to survive them. This episode has it all. A history lesson, her personal survival story, how to spot and hear the warning signs, and how to take cover! Twirling wind is no joke y’all. Tune in!

Warnings vs Watches chart. Remember, Watching for the possibility. Warning you of the current danger.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale or EF Scale, which became operational on February 1, 2007, is used to assign a tornado a 'rating' based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. When tornado-related damage is surveyed, it is compared to a list of Damage Indicators (DIs) and Degrees of Damage (DoD) which help estimate better the range of wind speeds the tornado likely produced. From that, a rating (from EF0 to EF5) is assigned.  The EF Scale was revised from the original Fujita Scale to reflect better examinations of tornado damage surveys so as to align wind speeds more closely with associated storm damage. The new scale has to do with how most structures are designed.

1974 Super Outbreak tornado map

Xenia, Ohio F5 tornado

Wonder Woman comic number 65

Woman poses in front of tornado, Nebraska 1989

Our favorite movie, “Twister” 1996

Dorothy and Toto in “The Wizard of Oz” 1939


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