A recent publication by the American Red Cross now advocates staying in your car if a tornado is approaching. Honestly, I am not making this stuff up. The image to the left is an excerpt that says to stay indoors with your seat belt on and engine running.
I have been a Meteorologist for eleven years so I hope you value my professional opinion. This advice has got to be some of the most idiotic I have ever heard!
If you want to be devil’s advocate and entertain the idea that vehicles are safe during tornadoes, consider the pictures at the bottom of this post.
The reason why the Red Cross adopted this stance was based on one abstract in the journal of the American Meteorological Society. You can read that by clicking here.
Either later tonight or on Friday I would like to talk about some of your comments on 13News. Please comment with your opinions.
Thank you! -ES
p.s. Am I getting fired up with things lately or what?
This post was written by Eric Sorensen on April 30, 2009