What are some tornado fact versus fiction tips?
  • Fiction: Areas near rivers, lakes, and mountains are safe from tornadoes.
    Fact: No place is safe from tornadoes. In the late 1980s, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000-foot mountain.
  • Fiction: The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to "explode" as the tornado passes overhead.
    Fact: Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.
  • Fiction: 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 move to a safe place.


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