Emergency Preparedness  |  Tornado Preparedness

When it comes to tornadoes, there's no such thing as a "tornado season." Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready: get a kit, make a plan and stay informed. Visit the Ready Virginia website for more about these three important steps.

Tornados are a violent storm produced by powerful thunderstorms. Tornadoes have a funnel-shaped cloud that rotates towards the ground. This violent formation can create massive damage and mass casualties. Tornadoes have a 27% chance of occurring in Central Virginia. Even though the chance is small, tornadoes are still possible.

Tornados can strike quickly and with little to no warning. At times, tornados can appear transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel. The peak of tornado season is generally March through May.

Tornado Watch versus Warning

  • Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information.
  • Tornado Warnings: tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.

Plan your tornado drill today with these helpful guidelines: