The fifth grade class from Dana L. Lyon Middle School is featured in this week’s Weather Wisdom. Emma Schneider from group two asked, “If you’re in a car, what do you do if a tornado is happening?”
There is really no safe option, but there are a few things you can do to try to stay safe. According to the Storm Prediction Center, if the tornado is far away and the traffic is light, then you might be able to drive out of its path. The best way to drive out of its path is by moving at right angles to the tornado. Then, seek shelter in a sturdy building, or underground if possible.
If you are caught in strong winds or flying debris, then you should try to park the car out of the road. You would then stay in the car with your seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows and cover your head with your hands. You could also use a blanket, coat, or other cushions if possible.
If you could safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, then leave your car and lie down in that area. Cover your head with your hands.
You would want to avoid seeking shelter under bridges. Bridges could create deadly traffic hazards while also offering little protection against flying debris.