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Dumb idea to try to outrun a tornado at rush hour in your car. However, I can't imagine not having a basement to go to like many people in Minnesota have. I am sure that is a helpless and terrifying feeling.
They are the first to vote against "gubmint" regulations, like having storm shelters and basements. Would YOU send your children to schools that weren't protected from tornadoes when you lived in Tornado Alley??? How irresponsible is THAT? And yet they continually vote against such regulations.
It was not so much fear but one of the Oklahoma news stations telling people to literally get in their cars and drive south to get out of the path of the tornados. Some of whom drove directly into areas where another tornado formed. I watched this station live (KFOR) and heard the meteorologist on their say numerous times for people to do this. Video clips of the station saying this are already on youtube. This was a really dumb thing for them to be telling people to do this and wonder how many people died because they listened to this station.
The bad toranado in Moore, Oklahoma, was on the ground for 45 minutes and was traveling thirty miles per hour. If you tried to escape in your car, you could be fifty miles away during that time. But you don't know which directtion the tornado is going and tornadoes can suck back up and touch down again a hundred miles away in a manner of seconds. Better off in the basement or laying in a ditch.
They say another reason for the lack of basements is the flood prone areas in the state. Of course, these days, people buy cheap homes (and developers put them up in a blink) - homes without basements or even attics.
bosshog, I like to believe that the motorist weren't watching KFOR-TV while driving. So don't blame the TV weathermen.
I don't think it would be unreasonable to leave your home if you know that you have no basement shelter available to be in. If people don't have shelters available at home they need to make community shelters available for people to go to. Either that or do what they do now; gamble.
freedubay, he was telling people that were already at home, hence the phrase "get in your vehicle and drive south".
I can see with a large tornado like the one that hit Moore, if you don't have a basement or storm shelter, you might try to outrun it. But for most tornadoes, it's safer to take shelter. But there needs to be places for people to go. Trailer parks should have a storm shelter. All new houses down there, if basements are not possible, should have shelters built in them.
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