A rare tornado hit Northern Michigan last week, and many were taken by surprise.
Michigan sees an average of 15 tornados per year. The tornado in Gaylord was a good reminder to review the state’s alert system in case severe weather strikes again.
The first rule of thumb for surviving severe weather is resisting the urge to wonder at it, shoot it on your phone, and talk about it, because even those 15-30 seconds can be the difference in surviving, especially if it’s a tornado.
Michigan has a weather alert system that gives us information in several ways: cellphone, weather radio, television, sirens, or any combination of the bunch.
If you get a tornado warning, have an in-home plan before you need it. It is recommended to go as low in your house as you can and put walls and framing between you and the storm.
Experts say not to hide under an overpass if you are on the road. If you can see the tornado from afar, travel south at 90 degrees. Pollman says that will help drivers avoid hail and other consequences of severe weather.