Tornadoes in the borderland
POSTED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:39pm
(El Paso) KTSM — Ok so I lied. There really aren't many tornadoes in the region.
In fact, El Paso, Texas is in a very low risk area.
The largest tornado in the El Paso area was an F1 in 1959 that caused 0 injuries and 0 deaths.
Keep in mind that an F1 tornado has wind speeds between 73-112 mph and the most damage it can cause is tiles breaking off of roofs and cars and trailers being pushed around.
So why are we talking about tornadoes?
It so happens to be the chapter I am studying about at school this week, and apparently people don't take tornadoes as serious as they should. Although we are very unlikely to get struck with one, its always a good idea to have a few precaution tips ready: just in case.
Did You Know: Texas is one of the states in the Tornado Alley? Some of the strongest tornadoes have been recorded in Texas.
F5 which are classified as the highest rating in the tornado scale. have wind speeds between 261–318 mph and total damage takes place. Cars in this scenario become missiles flying in the air.
The deadliest tornado in Texas was recorded on Mother's Day in 1953.
It touched down north of the town of Lorena and began moving North-Northeast toward Waco, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly 1/3 of a mile wide, the massive F5 tornado crossed Waco on a path that ran almost south to north, killing 114 persons and injuring 597.
It destroyed around 1600 homes and buildings were either destroyed or severely damaged, including 2000 vehicles. Some of the survivors had to wait up to 14 hours for rescue.
So here are some facts that you must know.
•You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.
•The chances that a tornado is an F5 is less than 0.1%
•Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.
•A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.
So what can you do to survive when a tornado strikes?
At the first sign of a tornado, or if a tornado warning has been issued, stop whatever you're doing and seek shelter immediately, even if you don't see a tornado. Most homes in El Paso aren't built with basements, but one of the things to do go to the nearest and strongest built structure. In most cases, it is always better to leave the area as soon as you can, and if you can.
This is one of the things that often kill most people. Because they don't see a tornado in sight, people don't seek immediate shelter and when they do it is already too late.
If possible, listen for advisories from the National Weather Service weather radio or on local radio or TV.
Keep in mind that multiple tornadoes often form in an area, and it may not be safe to leave the shelter even after one tornado has passed.
After a tornado strikes, you are likely to encounter hazards such as flooding, falling debris, collapsing buildings, and blocked roads.
Avoid fallen power lines and puddles with wires in them, and avoid using matches or lighters in case of natural gas or fuel tank leaks.
Be alert and proceed with caution, as there may be sharp objects scattered about the ground. Do not enter damaged buildings.
And there you go! These are just a few tips. You never know when mother nature will hit us with a giant twister!