Tornado Myths

  • MYTH: 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.
  • 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 most structual 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 windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.