5 tornado safety myths debunked - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

5 tornado safety myths debunked

Posted: Updated:
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Experts say it's not a matter of if a deadly tornado will hit the Hub City again, but when. KCBD set out to fact check common advice about what to do in an emergency and found that some of what we've been told just isn't true.  

Myth number one advises residents to open their windows during a storm. This is supposed to reduce pressure in your home and keep your structure safe. KCBD's Chief Meteorologist John Robinson says this advice is dangerously untrue.

"In reality, we want people to stay away from windows because as the storm approaches, you're going to have those windows likely shattering," Robison said.

The second myth we found, recommends that people seek shelter in a basement and head for the southeast corner of the room. Although a basement is the ideal place to ride out a storm, it doesn't really matter which corner you're in.

"Make sure you're in the basement. The location of the basement doesn't matter. The idea is to be in the basement and cover up," Robison said.

The third myth we found advises drivers to seek shelter under an overpass when a tornado is approaching. Another tip we found false.

"The winds may actually increase as they're funneled in through the bridge. They'll be a lot of debris from the tornado as it approaches, so you're really a sitting target. Park your car, get away from the car, and get in a low lying area," Robison said.

Our fourth myth says that tornados never travel over roads, hills, streams or lakes. Robison tells us geography has nothing to do with a tornado's path.

"Tornados will go the track of the storm. They will go in the mountains, they'll go in the valleys, they'll go across water," Robison said.

And our last myth keeps getting proven wrong over and over again.

Many believe that tornadoes can't hit cities, but Lubbock was devastated by a tornado in 1970 and the cities of Granbury and Cleburne suffered the wrath of this unpredictable weather.

For more tornado safety tips and information visit the NOAA Storm Prediction Center's website at: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/index.html#Safety

Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:20:32 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.