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Tornado

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Tornadoes are violent storms that can strike anywhere, at any time and with little warning. Tornadoes are the most dangerous form of extreme weather.

Stay alert to these danger signs:

  • Severe thunderstorms with strong, gusty winds
  • A dark, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from the sky to the ground
  • A roaring sound

Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING.

A tornado WATCH means conditions are favorable for a tornado.

A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted or detected by weather radar: Take shelter immediately!

  • If you are at home, go to your basement or a central room on the lower level. Stay away from windows.
  • If you are in a public building, go to the designated shelter area or a central room on the lower level. Stay away from windows.
  • If you are driving, stop your vehicle, get out and go to a storm shelter or lowest level in a nearby building.
     

For power outages, call Pepco's 24-Hour Outage Report Line at 1 (877) 737-2662.

For downed wires call Pepco immediately at 1 (877) 737-2662 and press 2.

To have trees or debris removed, call the Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311.