It has been over nine years since the Mother’s Day tornado outbreak occurred on May 11, 2008.
You have probably heard a lot of myths regarding tornadoes, but have you ever wondered whether or not they are true?
Myth: Overpasses are safe structures that can provide protection from severe weather including tornadoes.
You should never seek shelter under an overpass.
If a tornado hits the overpass, the friction of the overpass and the tornado will actually create a wind funnel and stronger winds can develop underneath the structure. It could collapse on top of you.
Never stop under an overpass during heavy rain or hail events too.
Stopping underneath an overpass can create a traffic jam in the area.
If a tornado is approaching, what will the stranded motorists do to get out of harm’s way?
It’ll force others into bad situations against their will.
It could also cut off potential escape routes.
Your best solution is to avoid driving during severe weather events.
Know the forecast in advance so you don’t get caught into a dangerous situation.
If you happen to be on the roads, pull over and seek shelter in a nearby business or store.
Myth: If a tornado warning is issued, it is best to open up all your windows and doors to equalize the pressure in your home to prevent damage.
This is an old myth that no one should practice.
We know that violent winds will destroy the house with the windows open or closed.
Debris can fly into the house too. Finally, you would waste time trying to open up the windows.
If a tornado warning is issued, make sure the windows are shut and doors locked.
Go to your safe spot that’s in the lowest floor, central part of your home, and away from windows. (Example: closet, bathroom, basement)
Myth: If you live in mountainous or hilly areas, you won’t see tornadoes.
Tornadoes can form in all 50 states in the United States.
We have seen tornadoes form in mountainous locations. With that said, this myth is false. Tornadoes can cross rivers and other bodies of water too.