Hot temperatures today with a cool front approaching this evening could mean strong storms are coming are way.  This combination is the perfect recipe for a tornado.  Maine averages about 2 tornados per year, according to Maine Emergency Management Agency which means we don't see them too often.

But we do see them:

But, if you recall, last year was well above the average.  Last year Maine had 7 confirmed tornado touchdowns.  If this is a trend we Mainers need to adapt to then here some information for you to keep yourself aware and safe while tornados season is here.

Peak season for tornados here in Maine are from June to August.  Some other Maine tornado fun facts are they usually occur between 3 PM and 9 PM and reach max speeds of 30 m.p.h.

Here are some great tips from the MEMA website, to keep you educated and safe:

  • Flying debris causes most deaths and injuries in tornadoes
  • The safest place in your home during a tornado is your basement.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Get out of vehicles or mobile homes, they offer little protection. Seek shelter in a substantial building.
  • Do NOT seek shelter under a bridge overpass. Bridge overpasses offer little, if any, protection from wind- driven debris.

Keep yourself safe and DON'T get caught in the storm.