Tearing Down 5 Myths about Tornadoes
Category : Oklahoma Storm Shelters
Tornadoes are one of nature’s most terrifying and destructive calamities, and several myths surround this phenomenon. Separating fact from fiction can help protect you and your family during a crisis. Here is a list of some of the most common tornado myths.
Myth #1: Seeking Refuge Beneath an Underpass Is Safe
Reality: An underpass is never a good option to take shelter from a tornado. The tornado winds can slam cars and send debris flying underneath the bridge. The bridge’s structural integrity can also become weak due to strong winds causing the bridge to collapse. Take refuge immediately in a storm shelter instead.
Myth #2 :Tornadoes Are Always Visible Ahead
Reality: Due to rain and clouds, tornadoes can be invisible, even obscured. Always stay alert to the latest weather developments by tuning in to NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio and television channels and prepare for immediate shelter.
Myth #3: You Should Take Refuge in the Southwest Corner of Your House
Reality: Tornadoes are unpredictable in terms of movement. They can travel in any direction. Hiding in one specific corner of your house isn’t safe. Instead, take refuge away from the windows, preferably in a room, a bathtub, or the lowest floor of your house, such as the basement. Or invest in a concrete storm shelter for better protection.
Myth #4: Tornadoes Do Not Hit Big Cities or Tall Buildings
Reality: While certain geographic locations are more prone to tornadoes than others, tall buildings and big cities are equally at risk of being hit by a tornado. Recently, many US cities, for instance, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Miami, have been directly hit by tornadoes.
Myth #5: Tornadoes Only Strike in Spring
Reality: While the optimal time for tornadoes can be May to July for cities like Oklahoma, Dallas, and Kansas, they can occur at any time and any day of the year. Tornado Alley has a reputation of receiving dozens of tornadoes annually, but recently there has been a shift due to the climate crisis. Other big cities in the US are receiving heavy downpours and tornadoes more often.
Now that you are aware of some of the myths and know the reality, it’s better to prepare an emergency plan in the event of a storm. Contact us today to help you and your family prepare for the storm through our storm shelters.
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