The first emergency warning siren test of 2013 happens Saturday, March 2.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, March 1
The information below is provided by the Farmington Hills Fire Department in an effort to help you understand local severe storm and tornado activity. What is a tornado and how do they form? A tornado is a column of violently rotating winds extending down from a thunderstorm cloud touching the surface of the earth. A tornado spins like a top and may sound like an airplane or a train. Before thunderstorms develop, a change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed, with increasing height, create an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere. Rising air within the thunderstorm’s updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical. When do tornadoes generally occur? Most tornadoes occur from April through …
Know which items to stock and how to take cover when bad weather approaches.
With the recent warming trend, we have seen some serious thunderstorms, hail and even a tornado that touched down in Dexter, Michigan, damaging over 100 homes. This is very early in the year for tornadoes, but it can also show you that this could have easily hit the Farmington Hills area as well. Fortunately in Dexter, no deaths or serious injuries were reported, thanks in part to early warning notifications and the residents of that town being prepared ahead of time. Are you prepared in the event of high winds or a tornado touching down in our city? If you don’t recognize some of the signs before a tornado strikes, you and your family could be at risk for serious injury or even death. Now would be a great time to brush up on your …