When a tornado approaches, the safety place to be is in an underground shelter, basement or safe room. Remember: Overpasses offer NO PROTECTION from tornadoes and should not be used as sheltering areas.
On the night of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, an EF-4 tornado ripped through the North Texas town of Granbury, killing six people and injuring many more. Just 15 days later after the same night North and East Texas had 16 confirmed tornadoes on the ground, the widest tornado ever recorded tore through a congested stretch of Interstate 40 in El Reno, Oklahoma. At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling you live in and the safety tips below. Unless you live in a mobile home, experts say, stay home instead of trying to outrun a tornado. However, the safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement or other underground storm shelter. A tornado can pick up a car, carry it for nearly a mile and then drop it back down from 100 feet.
Because of the rural area, there was not much debris, the winds shifted as the tornado passed, and the group had something firm to grasp. Now, being Risk Man and all and not just some schmoe who takes such dangers lightly, I did take certain reasonable precautions.


Family portrait: Catherine Hamil sought refuge in a bath tub with her three children, Ryan, Cole and Kathleen, in their home in Oklahoma when the tornado struck.
A dozen homes were destroyed and debris was blown into the lake when the tornado hit the community.
Smiles: Amanda Marshall, assistant shelter manager for the Red Cross, takes a break with her son Joe, three days after a massive tornado tore through Joplin. And a month before that tornado struck, there was another one which hit Waco, Texas, which killed 114 people. Late-night tornado sirens had Joplin's residents ducking for cover again before the storm brushed past without serious problems. The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement or other underground storm shelter. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel! Finding yourself in a mobile home in a tornado is one place that experts say evacuate and find alternative shelter. The hope is that by raising awareness of the Risk Perception Gap as a risk all by itself, and explaining why it happens, we can reduce some of the dangers it poses. But I make them too, even though I know that the Risk Perception Gap - getting risk wrong - is a danger all by itself, and even though I understand the psychology of why these mistakes happen.


However, all-weather and tornado experts agree that an overpass is one of the most unsafe places to seek shelter. So let me offer The Tale of Two Tornados (or tornadoes, either is acceptable), one about the mistake some other people made and one about me making the same dumb and dangerous mistake, that together offer an ominous lesson.
With six minutes left in OT and the exciting match tied 0 - 0, and penalty kicks looming to decide the biggest sports tournament on the planet, viewers of a TV station in upstate New York were stunned when their screen went black, and moments later, up came the local weather guy with a tornado watch.
This myth stems from an infamous video of a group of people who successfully survived a direct hit from a tornado by crawling under an overpass on a Kansas highway on April 26, 1991. We saw the tornado watch warnings on the weather radar website as we tracked the storm’s approach. If you see lightning and hear the crack and thunder at the same time…it was close!) There were even tangible signs suggesting a tornado, as within half a minute the wind whipped in first from the west, then from the north, then from the east, and finally from the south, circling our house!



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