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Do you know how to stay safe during a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather? Check your storm-safety smarts with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is the number one cause of severe weather-related death in the United States?

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The correct answer is: Flash floods are the number one cause of severe- weather-related deaths in the United States. In addition to drowning, flash flooding can cause physical damage, such as rolled cars, downed trees or washed-away bridges that can further injure people and property.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the most dangerous part of a hurricane?

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The correct answer is: More people who die during a hurricane event lose their lives from inland flooding associated with a hurricane's heavy rains and storm surge than from any other weather hazard related to hurricanes, including spin-off tornadoes, wind damage and heavy rains.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

It's important you stockpile water in the event you lose water access (for example, from a hurricane or from loss of power after a tornado outbreak). How much water should you store?

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The correct answer is: Plan on a three-day supply of one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation. You may need extra If anyone in your home is ill, or if you live in a warm climate.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Only people within 50 miles of a coast have to worry about the effects of a hurricane.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage several hundred miles inland. They can produce tornadoes and winds in excess of 155 miles per hour, and a hurricane's heavy rainfall can cause extensive damage and flooding.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Where should you take shelter during a hurricane?

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The correct answer is: During a hurricane, take shelter in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level. Do not go near windows or glass doors.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is the safest spot during a lightning storm, if you're stuck outside?

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The correct answer is: If you are in a lightning storm, move downhill or seek uniform cover such as low rolling hills or trees of about the same size. Avoid meadows and other open spaces, tall trees or high objects and anything connected to electrical power, flood zones, metal or overhangs.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: As long as you are on solid ground, it is OK to walk through moving flood waters.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Even if you're standing on solid ground or are familiar with the area, do not try to walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall and sweep you away. If you must walk in water, only walk through standing water. Use a stick to check for hidden currents and to see if the ground in front of you is firm enough to stand on.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these statements is true of a flash flood warning?

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The correct answer is: A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is occuring, and you should seek higher ground immediately.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is safe to drive across an under-water road as long as you know how deep the water is.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Even small amounts of water can cause big problems: Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which can cause you to lose control or make the car stall. As little as a foot of water can actually float a car, and two feet of rushing water is strong enough to move one.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Flooding occurs slowly, so you will have plenty of time to gather your family and belongings and evacuate.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Flash floods can develop quickly, in just a few minutes and even without rain. The failure of a dam or levee, excessive rainfall nearby or even a sudden release of water from an ice dam or river dam can cause flooding without much notice.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

If you are out on open water during a thunderstorm, what should you do?

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The correct answer is: Being on open water makes you a target for lightning strikes. If you are on open water during a thunderstorm that has lightning, you should make your way to land quickly, and find shelter immediately.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: As long as a lightning-producing thunderstorm is at least five miles from you, you do not have to worry about lightning striking you.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A flash of lightning can travel horizontally many miles away from the thunderstorm and then strike the ground.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing jewelry increases your risk of being hit by lightning.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Wearing metal, such as jewelry or a belt, does not increase your risk of being hit by lightning if you are outside during a thunderstorm.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

If you are outside during a thunderstorm, where should you take shelter?

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The correct answer is: If you are outdoors during a thunderstorm, seek shelter in a fully enclosed metal vehicle, such as a truck, van or hardtop car, with the windows completely shut. You can also find shelter in a substantial building (not a carport, open garage or covered patio).

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you are outside and you suddenly feel your hair stand on end, this is a sign lightning is about to strike.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you are outside and you suddenly feel your hair stand on end or your skin get tingly, this indicates that lightning is about to strike. To protect yourself, you should cover your ears with your hands, duck low to the ground and get your head close to your knees. Doing this makes you a smaller target, which reduces the likelihood lightning will strike you. Do not lie down or touch your hands or knees to the ground.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

In the event of a tornado, where should you go in your house to seek shelter?

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The correct answer is: In the event of a tornado warning or tornado emergency, go to the lowest level of your house and into the center of the most interior room, away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. .

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: A tornado watch means a confirmed tornado is on the ground and nearby.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes nearby. If a tornado watch becomes a tornado warning, it means a trained storm spotter has alerted the regional National Weather Service, or a tornado has been indicated by radar. If you are ever in an area under a tornado warning, you should seek shelter immediately and wait for the threat to pass.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these may be a warning sign of an approaching tornado?

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The correct answer is: Be alert for the following signs, which may indicate a tornado is approaching: Dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark, low-lying cloud (which may be rotating); and a loud roar, similar to a freight train. If you see an approaching tornado or any of these danger signs, take shelter immediately.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: If a tornado is approaching your home, you should open your windows to reduce damage.

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The correct answer is: This is a false, and often repeated, myth. Do not open windows.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these devices should you use during a tornado to prevent head injuries?

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The correct answer is: Some experts recommend wearing helmets to prevent injury or death during a tornado. If a helmet is not available, bring a mattress and blankets with you when you seek shelter during a tornado.

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