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Preparing for Mississippi Tornadoes

Mississippi experienced the most tornadoes in 2022. During that year, Mississippi saw a record number, with 137 confirmed. 96 out of the 137 occurred during March and May. Tate Reeves says, " We have now seen just how important it is to be prepared for severe weather, especially during the spring season."

A tornado is a rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground. Mississippi has been the site of three to ten of the deadliest tornadoes in United States history. By now citizens are prepared and know what to do in case of an upcoming tornado.

The best way to prepare for a tornado is to pay attention to the news and city signals. The best place to be is your house or a tornado shelter. Make sure you do not leave your safe place until you are alerted by the news forecast that it is completely safe to exit. If you are at home go into your basement or closet with pillows and make sure you are far away from windows. If you are at school follow the tornado drill and proceed to the directed location.

If you are anywhere outside seek a shelter, not sheds or storage buildings, immediately if a tornado is approaching. If you are in a car attempt to drive to your nearest shelter, but if you are not able to make it either get down in the car and cover your head, or abandon the car and get into a low lying area such as a ditch or ravine. Overall use these tips and stay safe when a tornado is approaching your city and stay safe at all times.

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