Everyone in the United States knows where the "tornado belt" is located.
Images of the damage done by these powerful twisters are seen on our televisions
during tornado season.
The United States has more tornadoes than any country in the world. They
have occurred in every state. There are about 1200 tornadoes per year,
although only about 20 of them are extreme. An F5 tornado's winds can
reach 200 miles per hour, and pretty much devastate everything in its path.
While most tornadoes build in the Spring, they can occur any time of year when
the conditions are right, and have occurred in every state in the US.
Those at most risk for tornadoes should have a safe place to go when issued a
tornado warning. Some people build "safe rooms" that are built to
withstand these extreme weather conditions. Other people have underground
shelters or cellars.
If you have none of the above, the safest place in your home is an interior room
without windows. A lot of people go into a bathroom, get in the bathtub,
and put a mattress over them.