Severe Weather Safety Tips: Caught Outside

By KBJR News 1

May 15, 2012 Updated May 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM CDT

A tornado can happen anywhere, even in Duluth.
What if you're caught outside when a tornado is approaching?
Here are some good ways to keep safe under those circumstances.

It's a nightmare scenario. You're outside, away from shelter and a tornado is heading your way. First thing to do is move away from trees... when there's a tornado there's going to be lightning as well.
The next thing is to look for a low lying area, like a ditch or a culvert, and get inside. Lie flat and cover your head with your hands. The idea is to not let the wind get underneath you so it scoops you up and out. But the ditch won't shield you from debris. That's why you cover head with your hands.

Something a lot of people do is run or drive to an underpass on a highway. That is a very dangerous strategy! This type of structure can actually create a vacuum and sweep you out in a heartbeat.
It's always better to find sturdy shelter...hunker down and let the tornado pass before venturing out.

Adam Clark

Chief Meteorologist

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