Debunking Common Tornado Myths
Category : Oklahoma Storm Shelters
In the age of the internet, nearly everyone is an expert on everything under the sun—and out of the thunderstorm, like tornadoes!
There’s a wealth of information out there by very credible sources, weather experts, survivors, scientists, and other specialists—but there is also a lot of misinformation that could prove to be fateful.
People will just about believe anything that someone puts out there, which is what makes it even more dangerous. Tornadoes are one of the most vicious acts of nature, costing hundreds of thousands of people across the globe—and Tornado Alley—their lives, safety, and property.
Spring tends to be the peak for tornado season, or the beginning of it, anyway. We believe it’s crucial to bust the following myths before they land people in danger:
Tornadoes are dangerous only when visible
This is a very oft-believed and dangerous myth because it causes people to believe the danger is not imminent just because the tornado isn’t overhead or in their line of vision. If authorities are alerting you regarding the danger, take heed and exercise caution by seeking shelter until the threat blows over.
Size is an indicator of strength
Like visibility, size is not an indicator either, and smaller tornadoes aren’t necessarily less lethal than their larger counterparts. The danger lies in their speed and their ability to cause destruction and move large objects. Rope tornadoes are notoriously destructive, and it’s high-time this is acknowledged.
Overpasses and bridges make for solid shelters
Overpasses and bridges are mistaken to be great shelters for tornadoes quite often, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only are the sides of the bridge exposed, leaving you and your vehicle vulnerable, they’re also incredibly prone to breakage and damage from flying debris and other objects. If strong enough, your car can also be yanked away by the pressure of the window.
Opening windows is a good idea
Again, a common misconception about the way tornadoes function has led to this belief. In no circumstances is opening your windows a good idea because this will not equalize air pressure; instead, it leaves the inside of your home to flying objects, bricks, debris, broken glass, and more.
So, what should you do? The safest thing to do is to set up a shelter in your home or a safe space that’s accessible. We offer sturdy, reliable, and tested garage shelters, underground bunkers, and much more. Get in touch with us regarding delivery or request a free quote here!