Gary England’s Tornado Alley – Under-the-Gun Severe Weather Precautions

[dramatic music plays]>>Gary England: If there’s lightning around,
stay inside your home, stay inside your car. Touch no metal inside or outside the car.
It’s just real simple and straight—stay inside. And if you’re trapped in that car,
don’t touch the metal. If there’s hail – you know there’s going to be hail – stay
home. If in your car there’s large hail, stay in your car. I’ve talked to people
that jumped out and were nearly killed by huge hail. If you’re in your vehicle and
there’s a tornado is in sight coming directly toward you. I’m the tornado, okay, coming
right toward you. It looks like it’s not moving, but I’m getting larger and larger,
that means it’s moving directly toward you. If you have time, you look right at the tornado
and you say okay, I’m either going to go left or right. And if you have
time to do that, that’s what you do. You may not want to run that way, because it might be making
really, really fast speed and it can catch you. If there are strong straight winds, for
example, stay away from the windows! That’s pretty easy, isn’t it? [laughs] During a tornado warning, the safest place
is usually a safe room, cellar, or basement. If you don’t have one of those locations
to shelter in, go to a previously selected storm shelter if there is time. Key words,
key phrase, “if there is time.” If not, go to a small interior room – closet, bathroom,
middle part of the house: helmets, shatter-resistant goggles, long-sleeved shirt, long pants,
shoes. Let’s say an EF4 has a three second wind gust between 166 to 200 miles per hour.
And they always cause loss of the roof and all the walls except a few maybe interior
rooms should be expected. An EF 5 produces a three second wind gusts of over 200 miles
per hour. We’ve had them over 300 miles per hour, and they have the potential to blow your entire home away. They shear off the pipes, the walls, the bathtub – everything’s
gone. So you have to have a plan. Plan ahead! In a flash flood – a lot of people die in
flash floods. First of all when you hear about it, if necessary, move to a higher location.
And never, and you hear this all your life, never drive into water running across the road;
the road may not be there! It’s that easy. Now factors that may affect your severe weather
actions, either consciously or otherwise. You or friends of family have been involved
in a fairly recent tornado, major tornado event, maybe fairly recent major tornado event in your general
area. Maybe a recent major tornado in your area with injuries and deaths: drownings,
asphyxiation. Two days in a row of tornado activity in your general area might effect
your decision making, because you’ve been watching and you’re fearful of it. Tornado
activity in your general area with injuries and deaths. Hyper excited media field reports,
coverage by storm chasers. Not all of them, some of them are great, but some of that is
too hyper. Incorrect media information – it happens – incorrect media information and
recommendations. From that, never drive into a storm, never run from a storm. And then
non-stop, non-calm media broadcasts. There’s a lot of good ones, there’s some that
just are totally out of control. And a panicky radio or television broadcasts just may really
affect what you’re going to do. You may act irrationally – plan ahead. A live tornado
video, yeah it’s fascinating to watch, but don’t stand there until the tornado’s
coming down the street. That has happened to people. Remember the voice you hear may not be that
of a qualified severe meteorologist on radio or television. Keep that in mind. Check out
the sources you use.

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