MYTH of TRUTH? Areas near lakes, rivers, and mountains are safe from tornadoes. Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize the pressure. If you are driving and a tornado is sighted, you should turn and drive at right angles to the storm. MYTH. No place is safe from tornadoes. MYTH. Leave the windows alone, and go immediately to your safe room or basement. MYTH. Find shelter in a sturdy building. Many people are killed in their cars.
MYTH or TRUTH Large cities are not at danger from tornadoes MYTH. Nashville was hit by a tornado in April 1998. Oklahoma City has been hit by ~100 tornadoes in the last 100 years.
Reduction in the number of tornado deaths after 1950 is attributed to: 1) use of RADAR to detect storms and issue warnings; 2) stronger building design; and 3) public awareness/education Reduction in the number of tornado deaths after 1950 is attributed to: 1) use of RADAR to detect storms and issue warnings; 2) stronger building design; and 3) public awareness/education
If tornado warning is issued for your area: Go to your pre-designated interior room, basement Stay away from windows Get out of cars Leave mobile homes and go to nearest sturdy shelter If caught outside in tornado, lay flat in a ditch or low spot (flying debris is the cause of most tornado deaths)
Tornadoes preferentially kill: 1.The elderly 2.Mobile home residents 3.Occupants of exterior rooms with windows 4.Those unaware of broadcast tornado warnings
WATCHES AND WARNINGS Tornado watch—issued when conditions are right for producing tornadoes; time to stay tuned for later forecasts Tornado warning—issued when a tornado has been spotted by eyewitness or by Doppler RADAR; time to seek safe shelter