Michigan’s tornado season is just around the corner. It lasts between April and July of each year, with an average of 16 tornadoes touching down during that time. Most tornadoes in Michigan occur during those months and, more specifically, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; most are grounded for less than 10 minutes and travel about 5 miles – but some stay on the ground for an hour and can travel more than 100 miles. Between 1950 and 1998, 867 tornadoes touched down across our state, causing 239 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.
To keep yourself and your family safe, you need to know the tornado warning signs – what to watch for so you know when it’s time to take shelter, even if you haven’t heard an emergency broadcast or seen a tornado yourself. (If you actually see a tornado, take shelter immediately.)
Tornado Warning Signs
While you should hear emergency broadcasts over the radio, the television or even through your phone, they don’t always make it through in time. Here are environmental clues that a tornado is imminent:
- Dark, often greenish skies
- A wall cloud
- Large hail
- A loud roar that sounds like a freight train
No matter what you’re doing, drop it and take shelter if you see these conditions forming. Don’t try to outrun a tornado – you can’t. It’s important to take shelter in the safest possible place. If you’re at home, get to the basement or go to an inside room with no windows, like a closet. (Learn more about where to shelter during a tornado here.)
Has Your Home Already Been Damaged by a Tornado or High Winds?
If you’re facing tornado damage or damage from high winds, Exact Recon can help. We offer several damage restoration services, including fire, smoke and soot restoration services, as well as water damage restoration services in Ann Arbor and all the surrounding communities that can help you and your family get back on track.
Call us at 734-352-9183 or get in touch with us online today.