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Late Season Tornado Outbreaks Do Occur; APCIA Urges Residents to Stay Alert for Severe Weather

Deadly tornado outbreaks remain a viable threat for parts of the U.S., which highlights the importance of remaining vigilant this time of year.

Over Dec. 16-17 the National Weather Service confirmed 33 tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Georgia. Several of the tornadoes we EF3s and three people were killed during the outbreak. Insurers responded immediately to help residents begin the recovery process.

While not common, winter tornadoes are possible, particularly in the deep South. These weather events can occur rapidly and with little warning, so advanced preparation is very important. We encourage consumers to know the warning signals used in their community and be prepared to take cover when alerted. Maintaining an emergency storm kit with a radio, flashlight, batteries and first-aid items is the first step in preparation. Taking appropriate steps also includes a review of your insurance policies and a discussion of coverage options with your insurance agent or company.

APCIA's Tornado Headquarters offers vital information for those impacted by tornadoes, as well as preparedness tips for those living in tornado-prone areas. Follow us on Twitter @TeamAPCIA and use #becovered as we continue to provide tips on what to do before and after a tornado.