A tornado is a rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm. Most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
From late February through March, the Bossier area has the highest probability for tornadoes in the nation!
Myth: Areas near rivers, lakes, an mountains are safe from tornadoes.
Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes. In the late 1980’s, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up an down a 10,000 ft. mountain.
Myth: As the tornado passes overhead the low pressure causes buildings to “explode”.
Fact: Most structural damage is caused by violent winds and debris slamming into buildings.
Myth: Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allow damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.
The Bossier OHSEP will coordinate emergency services, communication, and resources to assist the community in the event of a tornado. Public information advisories will be given to local news media for broadcast. Citizens in the Bossier area should…
Means: Tornadoes are possible in our area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
Means: A Tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued for your area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
Means: Severe thunderstorms are possible in our area.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
Means: Severe thunderstorms are occurring.
If a warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches:
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