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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) -Tornadoes are violent, rotating columns of air that extend from the clouds to the ground while producing damage along the way.

On average, the United States has about 1,200 tornados each year that result is about 60-65 fatalities.

It is essential to have a plan in place in the event a tornado warning is issued for your area.

When taking cover, go to the lowest level of your home, away from all windows and doors. If possible, grab a pillow or blanket to cover yourself from any flying debris.

South Carolina participated in an annual tornado drill on Wednesday. Use this time to practice your severe weather plan at work, home and school.

Do you know the difference between a tornado WATCH and a tornado WARNING?

This is a common question we receive during severe weather events.

A watch will be issued for your area if conditions are favorable to rotation within supercell thunderstorms. A watch means it is time to make a plan.

A warning will be issued when a tornado has formed and/or spotted. This means it is time to take action and move into your safe place.

After the storm has passed, the National Weather Service surveys the damage and determines the potential max winds. This will help rank the tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale; storms will be classified from EF-0 up to an EF-5. 

Water spouts are something you might hear more often in the Lowcountry, especially during the summer months with offshore thunderstorms.

But what is a water spout you might ask? Water spouts are formed with the same type of rotation from a tornado, but it happens over water instead.

Do you have a plan for your family if a tornado were to threaten the community?

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