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Top 5 Tips for Tornado Safety
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You're sitting in your favorite recliner reading a book when the sky suddenly turns dark. You've seen severe storms, but this one is different. The hardwood floors shake beneath your feet, the wind beats at your front door and then, through your picture window, you see it in the distance -- a large, violent, spinning creature heading for your house.

Being in a tornado is one of the most harrowing experiences you can go through in your lifetime. Preparedness is the key to survival, so here are five tips to guide you if and when the time comes.

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