Tornadoes - What You Need To Know

By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

I have helped many families moving to Omaha. Contact me if you have any questions about the Omaha area or need help buying a home.

Yes, Omaha has had tornadoes in the past. Historically, tornadoes have been a high occurrence in the state of Nebraska. However, things have quieted down over the past few years.

Tornadoes Have Been Trending Down

Several factors determine the drop in tornadoes, such as cool weather and dry spells during tornado season. Even though Omaha has had very few tornadoes over the past few years with most of them missing them and hitting some of the small towns in surrounding counties, this is not a trend that can be relied on. Each year is different.

Historic Tornadoes

In 1913, a tornado crashed through Midtown Omaha on Easter Sunday. Around 100 people were killed and several hundred were injured. On May 6th, 1975, a tornado ripped through the center of Omaha once again. It killed three people and injured over 100. It was the eighth-worst tornado in regard to damage in U.S. history.

Safety Measures

Most houses in Omaha have basements or shelters in case a tornado does come. The National Weather Service will declare a tornado watch whenever conditions are right for a tornado to potentially form. 

A tornado warning is issued when there is a tornado spotted or is identified via radar. This will impact a small area and only lasts for a short period of time. Whenever a tornado warning occurs, you will hear the sirens across the city start to blare. They test this system on the first Wednesday of the month to make sure it continues working.

If you are outside when a tornado warning is called, get inside to a shelter as soon as possible. If you can’t, find a ditch and stay low to the ground, protecting yourself from any potential debris. Always make sure to avoid windows at all costs.

Should I Be Concerned?

Ultimately, tornadoes rarely happen inside of the city. Normally when there is a touchdown, minimal damage is done. However, there is always the possibility of a catastrophe happening. If you follow the safety measures that are in place, you will be able to stay safe from any tornado that might happen.

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Ryan Renner - Omaha Relocation Guide

My name is Ryan Renner and I’m a real estate agent in Omaha. I’ve helped many families relocate to Omaha. While helping people relocate, I would get similar questions over and over again. This site addresses many of those questions and more.

Reach out to me if you are moving to Omaha and need help.