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Overpasses not safe during tornado

Imagine coming face-to-face with a massive tornado - you may want to seek shelter underneath an overpass, but that may not be such a good idea. 

A man captured cell phone video of an EF-4 tornado in northern Illinois last week. The man eventually rode out the storm underneath a highway overpass. Although, he along with other drivers survived without any injuries, the outcome has proven to be deadly for many other drivers caught in similar situations. 

In fact, you are safer to get out of your car and lie flat on the ground while protecting your head if you're out of options. The last thing you want to do is climb underneath an overpass, because debris is drawn into overpasses with incredible force as winds reach 200 mph. 

Time and time again, the spot that once appeared to be safe and shield you from heavy rain and hail does not shield you from the impact caused by horizontal winds surrounding the tornado. Staying in your car with your seat belt on is also an option with your head covered.

Just because you see other drivers positioned under the bridge of an overpass, doesn't mean you should do the same. Remember, we are in severe weather season, and we could see storms develop at any point in time. 

For more information on the impact of "Overpasses As Tornado Shelters" following the 1999 F-5 tornado in Oklahoma/Kansas, where people died while seeking shelter underneath the bridge of a highway overpass, click here.

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