Unpredictable and powerful, tornadoes are often responsible for massive destruction across large areas. They are also capable of inflicting potentially serious, even fatal personal injuries.
Usually forming in the afternoon, tornadoes are often preceded by pale green skies. Other possible signs include low-lying, dark clouds, large hail-stones and/or a loud, freight-train-like roar.
As well as watching out for the above danger signals, it is recommended to stay tuned in to local radio or TV news. When a warning is given because a tornado has either been detected by Dopplar radar or has already touched ground somewhere close by, shelter must be sought immediately.
If caught in a tornado while driving, it is important to stop and get out of the car, as the high winds can easily pick up a vehicle and throw it about. There is also a risk of being crushed by flying debris.
People caught in tornadoes while outdoors should find and lie down flat in a ditch or field as far away as possible from anything that may be picked up and catapulted through the air.
If at home or in a hotel during a tornado, it is vital to stay away from windows, as the force of the storm can easily shatter them, potentially leading to serious injuries by breaking glass or debris being thrown in. The best course of action to prevent accidental injuries is to seek shelter in a cellar, bathroom or any other small space.
If told to evacuate the premises, it is important to follow instructions and not to return home/to the hotel until told by officials that it is safe to do so.
Tornadoes can strike anywhere, but tend to be more common in some areas. In such places, hotels usually ensure guests are kept safe by passing on tornado warnings; providing directions to shelter, and so on. If you were not assisted in this manner during a tornado and subsequently suffered an injury on holiday, you may be entitled to travel injury compensation.
You may also be able to claim for compensation following injuries by slipping, tripping or falling, or work accidents, for example. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to confirm your claim eligibility and initiate your no win no fee* claim today.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown