The difference between tornado watches and warnings:
- A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. Listen to the radio or television for further developments.
- A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable. A mobile home can overturn very easily even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit.
When a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in a building with a strong foundation. If shelter is not available, lie in ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the unit.
What to do if you are inside during a tornado:
- Go to the basement, storm cellar, or the lowest level of the building.
- If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
- Get away from the windows.
- Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
- Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
- Use arms to protect head and neck.
(source: Safety info.com)