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Hold Onto Your Hat as Texas Expects Busy Tornado Season

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Tornado season is an annual reality in many parts of Texas. These incredibly dangerous forces of nature are extremely powerful, causing billions of dollars’ worth of damage each year. In fact, the United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country. For Texas, peak tornado season typically begins in May and extends into June. As twisters are already being spotted, AccuWeather has released a higher prediction number for tornadoes in 2020 than their predicted numbers for 2019.

The average year in the United States sees about 1,253 twisters touch down. In 2020, between 1,350 and 1,450 tornadoes are expected by this weather news outlet. AccuWeather’s prediction for 2019 was 1,075 tornadoes; according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, the U.S. had 1,422 tornadoes in 2019. Additionally anticipated by AccuWeather are levels of activity per month: March saw some activity, April is planned to be normal for cyclones, and May could see a slight increase beyond the norm. Regardless of how many tornadoes Texas has touch down, it is important to know how to handle yourself if a tornado is in your area. Here are some common myths, how many did you think were true?

Hold Onto Your Hat as Texas Expects Busy Tornado Season

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Myth: Small, slender tornadoes are weaker than bigger, wedge-shaped ones.

Truth: While bigger tornadoes damage more area, slender tornadoes often have stronger winds. Also, twisters can change shape.

 

Myth: Funnel clouds must touch the ground for damage to occur.

Truth: Wind is the destructor and is already present.

 

Myth: Better to outrun a tornado in a vehicle than shelter in a building.

Truth: It is best to shelter in a building as the design provides better protection.

Hold Onto Your Hat as Texas Expects Busy Tornado Season

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Myth: Highway overpasses are good options for shelter.

Truth: Although some cases exist of overpasses providing shelter, in general, they are not sufficient to block wind and debris.

 

Myth: Anywhere in a building is safe during a tornado except the northeast or east section.

Truth: The central room on the lowest floor of a house is by far the safest area during a tornado.

 

Myth: To reduce structural damage from pressure, open windows.

Truth: Leave windows closed, as even with extreme tornadoes, a pressure drop of only 10% occurs.