Kansas has become known for tornadoes since “The Wizard of Oz.” We probably have heard many truths and many myths about actual tornadoes. There are many myths and misconceptions, which at times may sound quite silly, about tornadoes, but they can put lives at risk. It’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction when it comes to tornado safety.
The following are some common myths about tornadoes, debunked:
Tornadoes only occur in Tornado Alley
While it’s true that Tornado Alley, a region that stretches from Texas to South Dakota, is more prone to tornadoes than other areas of the country, tornadoes can occur anywhere in the United States. In fact, some of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history have occurred outside of Tornado Alley.
Tornadoes never strike big cities
Although cities may be less likely to be hit by tornadoes than rural areas, they are by no means immune. Some of the most devastating tornadoes in history have struck large cities, including the 2011 Joplin tornado that killed 158 people and caused over $2 billion in damage.
Tornadoes always travel in a straight line
While many tornadoes do travel in a straight line, others can meander and twist, making them incredibly unpredictable and difficult to track. In fact, some tornadoes can change direction multiple times during their journey, making them even more dangerous.
Tornadoes only occur in the spring and summer
While tornadoes are more common in the spring and summer months, they can occur at any time of year. In fact, tornadoes have been known to strike during every month of the year in the United States.
Opening windows will equalize pressure
Contrary to popular belief, opening windows during a tornado will not equalize pressure and prevent your home from being destroyed. In fact, opening windows can actually make the situation worse by allowing damaging winds and debris to enter your home.
Hiding under an overpass is safe
Hiding under an overpass during a tornado is not safe and can put you at even greater risk of injury or death. Overpasses can act as wind tunnels, funneling winds and debris directly at you.
In conclusion, there are a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding tornadoes that have been debunked through scientific research. It’s important to be aware of these myths and to seek shelter in a safe location if a tornado is approaching. In the previous two blogs, we have discussed how to prepare for a tornado and minimize damage to what are the recommended steps in the aftermath. Knowing the truth about tornadoes can inevitably protect us from undue or preventable harm.
Tornadoes anywhere and in Hutchinson, Kansas, are an unfortunate and catastrophic event. In the aftermath, if the need arises, please give FreshCo a call, and you can put your mind at ease knowing that your property is in good hands and that your recovery will begin as soon as possible.
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