Stay tuned for storm warnings:
When a Tornado Watch is issued:
- Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
- Know what a tornado Watch and tornado Warning mean:
- A tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
- A tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.
- Tornado Watches and Warnings are issued by the County based on information received from trained "Severe Weather Spotters" or from the "National Weather Service" office.
- Gather lawn and patio furniture, gas and charcoal grills, toys and garbage cans and put in secure area. High winds often precede a tornado.
- Listen to your local radio and TV stations for further updates.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.
When a Tornado Warning is issued:
- If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
- If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
- If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above).
After the Tornado passes:
- Watch out for fallen power lines and do not venture into the damaged area.
- Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
- Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
Did you Know?
- A typical thunderstorm lasts for less than an hour.
- 1,800-2,000 thunderstorms occur around the world at any moment.
- Flash floods and lightning will kill more people annually than tornadoes.
- Tornadoes are the most devastating local storms experienced on earth.
- In Wisconsin, tornadoes have occurred in every month except February.
- In Wisconsin the most active tornado months, by order are June, July, May and August.
- 75% of tornadoes will occur between 3:00 - 7:00 pm with 5:00 pm being the most likely time.
- Between 1980-2007, Washington County had 11 tornadoes.
- The last confirmed tornado in Washington County occurred on June 3, 2007.