Blog Courtesy of West Bend Insurance Company
In the early morning hours of April 4, 1981, a F4 tornado unexpectedly struck West Bend, Wisconsin. The tornado caused 3 fatalities, 53 injuries and $25 million in damages. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service only issued a severe thunderstorm warning so the tornado sirens never sounded. The storm that produced the tornado didn’t display typical characteristics.
Where tornadoes occur: Tornadoes can occur all over the world. Unfortunately, the U.S. experiences the highest concentration of tornadoes each year at 1,200. Argentina and Bangladesh also see a significant number of tornadoes.
When tornadoes occur: Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year. The tornado peak season depends on where you live. Here’s a breakdown by region.
|Southern Plains||May – June|
|Gulf Coast||March – June|
|Southern States||March – May|
|Northern Plains||June – July|
|Northern States||June – July|
|Upper Midwest||June – July|
Tornadoes can occur 24/7; however, they usually occur between 4:00 and 9:00pm.
Warning signs of a tornado: While technology saves lives by providing more accurate forecasts and timely alerts, Mother Nature also provides signs before a tornado strikes. Watch for:
- Green sky/clouds
- Flying debris
- Low-lying cloud with a rotation
- Stillness and quiet
- The sound of a freight train coming toward your neighborhood
Keeping your family safe through education is the goal of West Bend Cares. Here are some valuable resources that can help you plan and stay safe as storm season approaches.
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