Top 3 U.S. States with the Most Tornadoes
Although hurricane season is almost over, a tornado can happen during any time of year. These scary storms can produce wind speeds of 73-112 mph. Tornadoes can also cause severe damage from tearing roofs off homes to throwing cars off roads. In the U.S., tornadoes usually peak between March and June, particularly in the country’s “Tornado Alley” – the states that usually expand from Texas, up through Oklahoma and Kansas, to as far north as Illinois.
Texas currently has the highest number of tornadoes per year. In the heart of Tornado Alley, the Lone Star state averages 112 tornadoes per year.
Kansas, another Tornado Alley resident, takes second place with an average of 100 tornadoes per year.
Alabama, which averages 66 tornadoes per year is in third place.
The good thing about all three of these states is that local ordinances have disaster preparedness efforts in place for victims of tornadoes and methods to protect citizens from the sometimes deadly storms. Most cities and counties in Alabama and neighboring Georgia have sirens that go off when a disastrous tornado is eminent that alerts residents to take cover.
The only way to ensure the safety of your family is to take precautions before disaster strikes:
- Ensure that your family knows the location and numbers of local storm shelters, police stations, fire departments and emergency personnel.
- Make a family plan that includes safety locations within your home or on your property. During a tornado, the safest places to hide include bathrooms, closets and hallways. Staying away from windows will help eliminate some of the risks for injuries during storm-related disasters. Make provisions around your storm preparedness to include the well-being of pets and elderly or disabled family members.
- Follow all instructions during a storm warning via local weather reports. These lifesaving instructions are meant to keep citizens safe.
Ensuring that your home is prepared for a storm is the only way to guarantee the safety of your property and loved ones.