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Alabama Tornado Statistics

Did you know that the state of Alabama experiences more tornadoes and tornado-related fatalities than other states?

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A recent study comparing the number of tornadoes over the last 30 years found that the number of confirmed tornadoes in the last decade has doubled compared to the previous two decades. Some of the numbers that have increased are found easier and confirmed due to several factors, including an increase in population, better technology, trained storm spotters, and better-informed citizens.

FEMA compliant storm shelters are the safest place for someone to go during violent weather. A storm with a tornado can do intense, random, and isolated damage.

Tornadoes may strike quickly, with little or no warning. Tornadoes can destroy structures and lift vehicles. Tornadoes can lift almost anything if the wind or force from a tornado can get underneath it.

Tornadoes may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.

Tornadoes generally move Southwest to Northeast, but they have been known to move in any direction.

The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 MPH, but may vary from stationary to 70 MPH.

Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land. Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.

Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months. Peak tornado season is March through May;

Alabama has a second tornado season from November to early December. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. but can occur at any time.

The average tornado lasts less than 10 minutes, but it can last from seconds to more than an hour.

FEMA urges us to be prepared and have a safe place to go or at least a plan for your family to take shelter.

Grant programs are available through your county EMA after an area has suffered a catastrophic severe weather event, with collateral economic damage or death. In other words, a declared state of emergency for a specific area.

The state of Alabama is also offering a $3,000.00 state tax rebate for 2024 when you purchase a storm shelter for your home. All of Lake Martin Storm Shelters are pre-qualified for this program. We provide all the paperwork for you to apply for this as well.

Lake Martin Storm Shelters works hand in hand with the State and county EMA’s to help provide information concerning the tax credit and grants. We offer free consulting for anyone looking at purchasing a FEMA compliant storm shelter from us.