4 Tornado Myths De-Bunked
Movies such as Twister have dramatized tornadoes, but that does not mean they should be taken lightly. Tornado watches and warnings should always be taken seriously. While tornadoes can occur anywhere at any time of year, they are most common in Michigan in the spring months between April and June. Typically they also occur during late afternoon and early evenings hours–from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Because they can be so dangerous, the more informed we are about them, the better we can be prepared. The State of Michigan Emergency Management Division has prepared a list of common myths about tornadoes and whether or not those myths have any base in truth.
Myth: Areas near rivers, lakes and mountains are safe from tornadoes.
Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes.
Myth: The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to explode as the tornado passes overhead.
Fact: Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause the most structural damage.
Myth: Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
Fact: Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone; instead immediately go to a safe place.
Myth: Tornadoes are always visible from a great distance.
Fact: Tornadoes can be hidden in heavy rainfall or nearby low hanging clouds.
(Source: Michigan.gov documents, Tornado Safety)
Looking for more tornado myths de-bunked? Check out this article from The Weather Channel.
If storms are in the forecast, it is best to make sure that you are prepared for severe weather such as tornadoes as well at power outages. Emergency kits should include flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable food items. Generators can also be useful appliances in the event of a power outage–especially automatic generators.
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