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Top 5 weather apps

Check out our top 5 weather apps for the iPhone, iPad, or Android smart phones. Whether avoiding tornadoes, monitoring hurricanes, preparing for snow storms, or actively looking for lightning bolts, these apps will keep you one step ahead of mother nature.

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The Tornado Watching App from the American Red Cross alerts users to storms in the area. (Red Cross Website )

1. Tornado Warning and Alert App

This free app from the American Red Cross tracks a tornado as it approaches with step-by-step advice about what to do before the storm hits. A siren warning is built into the app and goes off when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues a tornado warning in your area. There's also a customizable notification system to let friends and family know when the user is safe via social media, text, and e-mail. 

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and Android

Cost: Free


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