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TornadoWatching weather reports can be scary stuff, but it's crucial that you know what's brewing in your hometown. Meteorologists throw around a lot of terms without explanation. A common source of confusion is the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. Below is a quick explanation of each, so you know what to do to prepare the next time you hear the weather report announce one or both of these conditions.

Tornado Watch

During a tornado watch, the atmospheric conditions are right for tornado development. And while there is not a tornado in progress, one could develop at any moment. If a tornado watch is issued, you should stay on high alert. Stay tuned in to the weather report for the latest developments and watch the sky for low or rotating clouds, a greenish color, large hail and a constant train-like roar.

Now is the time to review your family';s emergency plan and make sure everyone is prepared to take cover if conditions worsen.

Tornado Warning

Once a tornado is sighted or detected by Doppler radar, a tornado warning is issued. If this occurs near your home, you and your family must take cover immediately. Be sure to take a weather radio with you so you can listen for changing conditions. If you have an emergency supply kit ready to go, take it with you. If you don't have a pre-packed kit but you have a few minutes before the tornado becomes an immediate threat, gather a few supplies like bottled water, granola bars, first aid supplies, medications and flashlights.

Everyone must find a safe location in a windowless room on the lowest level of the home, preferably toward the center of the house. Bathrooms and closets often work well. In fact, one of the safest places to hide during a tornado is inside a bathtub. Once in a safe room, crouch down low and cover your head with a jacket, blanket, mattress or even your own hands. Stay in this position until you're certain the danger has passed.

We'll help you rebuild after a storm. Call Pro Player Insurance Group at (239) 672-8194 for more information on Fort Myers windstorm insurance.
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