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Description of a Tornado
Some tornadoes do occur without warning! There is no substitute for staying alert to the sky. Besides an obviously visible tornado , here are some things to look and listen for:
Noise

1. Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds.

Visual

2. Strong, rotation in the cloud base.


3. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud  -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!


4. Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.


5. Night - Small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong winds, maybe a tornado.


6. Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning.



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