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Where to take shelter during a tornado

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Amarillo, TX - With chances of more rotating storms this weekend, many of our viewers are wondering where to go if they don't have a storm shelter.

When the sirens sound, experts recommend putting as many layers as possible between you and your outside walls. Even if you're in a mobile home, it's best to stay put.

"It's like in a standard home, you want to get in the middle of the mobile home, surround yourself with blankets and mattresses and any kind of protective gear you can use. But stay away from the outside walls," said meteorologist Allan Gwyn.

The same goes for apartments and two-story houses as long as you get to the lower level. "If a tornado hits or if there are strong straight line winds, it will always take the upper floors first," said Gwyn. "Most tornadoes that hit an apartment usually leave the bottom floor so that's where your safest bet is going to be."

Gwyn said it's also a good idea to have an emergency kit to help weather the storm. "Anything that you would need for after it went by. For instance, you don't want to be barefooted. You want to have a helmet or something to protect your head from flying debris. Of course you may want to have a pre-made safety kit with some water, maybe some high protein foods that will last you a day or two if it takes you a little while to get back on your feet."

Protecting yourself and being informed during severe weather are equally important. Some of our viewers told us their cable went out Thursday night and they didn't know how to get storm updates from NewsChannel 10. If cable fails, we also have a NewsChannel 10 mobile app where you can find the most updated weather information.

"You can look at our live super doppler, you can track storms, you can read alerts and information about what the storm is doing, where it's moving, where it's going to affect people, and which cities it's going to affect. So that information is up to date and by the minute so it's very useful information," said meteorologist Mack Morris.

The NewsChannel 10 app can be downloaded by clicking here.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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  • Madison Alewel

    Madison Alewel

    Madison joined NewsChannel 10 as a reporter in October 2013. She comes from Las Vegas, Nevada but has strong Midwest roots.
    Madison joined NewsChannel 10 as a reporter in October 2013. She comes from Las Vegas, Nevada but has strong Midwest roots.