After a February dubbed “freakishly hot,” the National Weather Service announced two tornado touchdowns - the earliest on record - in Minnesota during the first week of March. Temperatures are set to take another plummet, but with weather this unpredictable, it doesn't hurt to be prepared for another tornado warning.
Follow these tips if a tornado strikes while you're at home:
Have a predetermined gathering spot in your home – one as low to the ground as possible, and with as few windows as possible. For many of us, this means a basement storage room.
If possible, get underneath a sturdy fixture such as a workbench, and cushion your body with a blanket, sleeping bag, mattress or something similar.
If possible, take shelter in an area that does not have heavy objects – such as refrigerators – directly above it.