TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 467In a tornado the safest place to ride out the storm:
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
310 PM CDT THU JUN 18 2009
TORNADO WATCH 467 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR THE
. MINNESOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
ANOKA BENTON BLUE EARTH
BROWN CARVER CHIPPEWA
CHISAGO COTTONWOOD DAKOTA
DOUGLAS FARIBAULT FREEBORN
GOODHUE HENNEPIN ISANTI
JACKSON KANABEC KANDIYOHI
LE SUEUR MARTIN MCLEOD
MEEKER MILLE LACS MORRISON
NICOLLET POPE RAMSEY
REDWOOD RENVILLE RICE
SCOTT SHERBURNE SIBLEY
STEARNS STEELE STEVENS
SWIFT TODD WASECA
WASHINGTON WATONWAN WRIGHT
* Basement, under the stairs. Statistically this is the safest place to be, under a desk or heavy piece of furniture if possible.
* Small, windowless room on the ground floor, like a closet or bathroom. People have survived F-5 tornadoes by hiding in their bathtubs, a mattress or blanket (or pillows) on top of them.
* Avoid outer walls/windows. Most tornado injuries are the result of flying debris and head trauma. That's why it's preferable to get below grade, underground if at all possible.
* In a school or office seek shelter near the interior of the floor, a concrete-reinforced stairwell or bathroom usually provides the best protection.
* Avoid mobile homes (which can become airborne at wind speeds as low as 80 mph). Avoid large rooms, gymnasiums, auditoriums - these are the first to collapse when a tornado hits.
* In a vehicle you can usually drive away from the storm. If that's impossible get out of your vehicle and seek shelter in a nearby building - OR - a ditch. Do NOT ride out the storm inside a car or truck or underneath a vehicle. Do NOT seek shelter under a bridge overpass (a wind-tunnel effect can increase the threat of flying debris hitting you there).