Yesterday, Miami experienced some typical, yet heavy, wet weather accompanied by a Tornado warning throughout most of the county. As always, we recommend you stay off the roads during such weather, but should a tornado hit while you’re still in your car, here are some helpful tips to get you through the scary situation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests motorists seek shelter immediately under the following conditions:
• A dark or green-colored sky
• A large, dark, low-lying cloud
• Large hail
• A loud roar that sounds like a train
You should not try to outrun a tornado in your car. An EF-1 tornado can push a moving car off the road and an EF-2 tornado can pick a car off the ground.
Do not hide under an overpass. Many people believe this to be a safe place, but winds can actually be worse under the overpass. Flying debris can also make its way through the underpass.
If there are sturdy buildings nearby, you should pull over and go inside to the lowest level without windows.
If there are not any buildings nearby, though, you can still protect yourself. If you spot a tornado, stop your car. If you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie as low as possible. Be sure to cover your head with your hands or an object. Move away from your vehicle. Do not hide underneath it, debris could fall on top of it and smash you.
Watch for fallen power and gas lines as you make your way to your vehicle. If your vehicle was not damaged, turn your radio to the weather station to get updates of where the storm is and if there are more tornadoes headed your way.
Drive to the nearest shelter if possible and wait until all storms have passed before going home.