A tornado is an extremely violent windstorm that can devastate an area in seconds. While tornados most frequently strike the South, Southwest and Midwest, every state is at risk. The peak season for tornadoes is from March through May for the southern states, and late spring through summer for more northern states. Often, tornadoes accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
The most important thing to remember is that when you hear a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows, and on a lower-level floor if possible. If you're traveling in a vehicle, pull over and lay flat in a ditch for protection.
For more information on how to prepare for a tornado and stay safe when one strikes, visit the American Red Cross’ website.