Tornado Safety Center

Stay Calm ........ Think Clearly ......... Act Quickly

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. In the southern states, peak tornado occurrence is March through May, while peak months in the northern states are during the late spring and summer and are are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m. but can happen at any time.

More Tornado Information

    Tornados Thunder & Lightning (PDF - NOAA)
    Are You Ready for a Tornado? (PDF - Red Cross)
    Everything ... about tornadoes (USA Today)

Watches versus Warnings


Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms and rapidly changing weather conditions. Know what counties or parishes are in the watch area by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or your local television outlets.


A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. A warning indicates imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm, move to your pre-designated place of safety.

Alvin Henderson, Director of Public Safety
90 College Boulevard East
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: (850) 651-7150