Underpass not safe from tornado

June 8, 2013

Q: Is it really safer under a highway overpass during a tornado?

A: The answer is definitely not, says John Nielsen-Gammon of Texas A&M University.

“This is a myth that has developed over the past few years,” Nielsen-Gammon explains.

“It may have arisen because there are several filmed incidents of people crouching by the girders of a highway overpass while a tornado passes overhead. But several studies show that being under an overpass may be one of the very worst places to be in a tornado.


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