In North Carolina, tornadoes can occur with little or no warning at any time during the year. The peak season, however, is March through May. Tornadoes show up as spinning, funnel-shaped clouds that reach from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
Tornado Watch vs. Warning
Watch – conditions are right for tornado formation.
Warning – a tornado has actually been sighted.
How to Prepare
Know where to shelter.
In a structure: Go to an interior safe area on the lowest floor. Use arms to protect head and neck. Do not open windows.
In a manufactured: Get out immediately! Go to a sturdy, nearby building or storm shelter. Mobile homes offer little protection.
If no shelter is available: Drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your car is hit by flying debris, get to a low-lying area and cover your head. Do not get under an overpass or bridge!