Severe Weather When Driving: What to Do

What can you do if you are driving and you spot a tornado?

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 10:26 PM

TERRE HAUTE. Ind. (WTHI) - Spring is nearly here and severe weather season is about to begin.

Severe weather can happen any time of the year. It can also happen any time of the day and there are many things to do to ensure your safety during a strong storm, but there are also many things you shouldn't do. What can you do if you are driving and you spot a tornado?

"There are a lot of myths that are tied to tornadoes and what you should do and what you should not do. One of those is tied to udnerpasses. If you are out on the highway and you see a tornado coming you should get under an overpass. That's really not a good course of action" Dave Tucek with the National Weather Service says.

Taking shelter under an overpass might make sense during a strong storm but underneath an overpass is actually one of the most dangerous places to be during a strong wind event.

"Those winds actually get funneled underneath that bridge and become even stronger than what they would otherwise. So it's really not a safe place to be going for the tornado it's actually better to continue driving onward and get out of the path of that" Tucek says.

If it looks like you can't continue driving for any reason using low areas along the road might be a safe option but try to drive away if you can.

"If you've got moments of time perhaps there's a ditch on the side of the road that you can get into and get down there and lie down in that ditch or as a last resort pull off to the side of the road lay down in that front seat and hang on tight" Tucek says.

Ultimately it is safer inside a building during severe thunderstorms. Make sure to stay informed about upcoming strong storms in advance of any trips you make in a vehicle.

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