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.

 Tornado Alerts

  • Watch: Conditions are right for a tornado.  Caution – watch the sky.
  • Warning: Tornado has been sighted.  Danger – take cover.