The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / Natural Disasters / TornadoesTornadoes
A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. Florida is #1 in number of tornadoes per square mile. Most are weak; however, strong ones do occur.
If a Tornado Warning is issued or if threatening weather approaches
- Move to your safe room, an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor or basement and, if possible, get under under a heavy piece of furniture.
- Stay away from windows.
- Get out of automobiles. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car; instead, leave the car immediately.
- If caught outside, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression.
- Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes and should be abandoned.
- Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado. Flying debris from tornadoes cause most deaths and injuries.