Lilapsophobia is the fear of tornadoes and hurricanes and differs from the fear of thunder and lightning, or astraphobia, but both are closely related.
Tornadoes and hurricanes cause great destruction and is naturally feared by almost all people. This is especially true in areas that are commonly afflicted with these natural disasters. Most people with this fear have personally experienced getting really frightened by a tornado and hurricane even if they were at that time staying in a safe place or shelter. The sound of the howling wind or flying objects hitting the sides of their houses or rooftops can aggravate the fear. The destruction caused by the hurricane or tornado might have also destroyed their homes, killed their livestock thus they fear it subsequently. Others might have also known people getting killed in these natural disasters or have seen on TV the many lives that were lost because of hurricanes and tornadoes.
People with this fear always make sure that they are in a safe place and that their houses are safe from destruction. When outside, they will always look for buildings that they know they will be safe in and they would prefer to stay indoors.
Natural disasters cannot be avoided but this fear can be managed by getting updated with the weather news and being prepared at all times for these inevitable occurrences. For some whose phobia was caused by post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatrist can help by psychotherapy or medications.