Tornadoes can strike at any time of year in Florida. They may develop from severe thunderstorms, waterspouts, or hurricanes. Considered nature’s most violent and erratic storm, they consist of whirling winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can sweep through an area, causing serious damage and destruction in their path, and then change direction and strike again. In addition to injuries, structural damage/electrical shorts/gas leaks may create fires or other hazards. Time is critical. Since there may only be seconds to respond, you should be familiar with tornado procedures.
Conditions are favorable for tornado formation.
Continue normal routine.
A tornado watch occurs when weather conditions (i.e., thunderstorms or hurricane) are considered favorable for the development of a tornado.
When a tornado watch is issued, PCC’s Emergency Operations personnel are notified immediately by the National Weather Service.
Emergency Operations team members monitor weather conditions and are prepared to act if a tornado develops in the vicinity of PCC campus.
Normal routine is not interrupted during a tornado watch.
A tornado is spotted in the area.
Move indoors immediately.
A tornado warning occurs when a tornado has been sighted or identified by radar in the area. If campus is within the tornado polygon issued by the National Weather Service, a Shelter-in-Place order will be issued immediately. Tornadoes can develop and move quickly.
When a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service and campus is within the tornado polygon: