In Florida, tornadoes are likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. from June through August. They can however occur at any time, often with no warning.
When conditions are right for a tornado, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and loved ones.
- Tornado sirens are not common in Florida. Stay tuned to local weather or listen to your NOAA weather radio.
- Secure loose objects outdoors, or move them inside.
- Go to the innermost hallway on the lowest floor of your home or office or use a bathroom or closet. Stay away from windows.
- Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Seek sturdy shelter immediately.
- If in open country, seek shelter in a ravine, ditch or culvert. Stay away from trees and protect your head.
- If you live in a mobile or manufactured home, seek other, sturdy shelter immediately.
- Do not leave shelter until you are sure danger has passed.
- Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado. Caution – watch the sky.
- Warning: Tornado has been sighted. Danger – take cover.