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•Peak tornado season in the South is March through May; in the North, it is late spring through early summer.
•Tornadoes may strike quickly, with little or no warning. Winds may also die down then pick up again.
•Tornadoes may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel creating a rain-wrapped tornado.
•Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
•Look for the following danger signs: Dark green-ish sky, hail, low-lying clouds, or loud roar.
•A tornado watch is issued when conditions are right for a tornado to develop while a tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been spotted or indicated by radar and is imminent.

•Be prepared to take shelter immediately when storms are approaching.
•When a tornado is sighted, the most important rule is to get low and stay low.
•Never stay in a vehicle or chase the storm.
•If you’re outside and no shelter is available, take cover on low, protected ground, such as a ditch.
•In a house, dorm or apartment, immediately take cover at the lowest floor of the structure in a small room, such as a bathroom or closet away from windows, and crouch, covering your head.
•In a building: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area on the lowest floor in the center of the building away from glass, and crouch, covering your head.
•Be aware, not scared! Know the severe weather shelter areas on campus.

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