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Debunking some of the myths about staying safe in severe weather

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There's a few myths people have about how to stay safe when severe weather strikes.

KSFY News looked into some of the most common misconceptions to debunk those myths.

There are many ways to stay safe in a tornado. Some of those ways you may have thought about using to protect yourself in severe weather might do you more harm than good.

Myth #1: If the sky turns green, does that mean a tornado is coming?

Minnehaha County Emergency Management director Lynn DeYoung said "no."

"Based on severe weather training, what a green sky indicates is that storm has hail in it and that it does have a huge updraft or large updraft which is one of the precursors to a tornado but it is no indication that there is absolutely a tornado there," DeYoung said.

That's just one of many myths about tornados. Never try to predict its path of destruction. leave that to the experts like DeYoung.

"They can go left they can go right, they can go west, they can go east, there is no specific direction as to where tornados go," DeYoung said.

Myth #2: With so many tall buildings around, downtown Sioux Falls is safe from severe weather and is the last place a tornado would strike.

"When you're downtown, you're just as vulnerable to a tornado event, if and when it does happen. In some instances, based on the buildings, you might be more vulnerable because of falling glass, all of those other things you don't have within your communities," DeYoung said.

Myth #3: If you're at home, open your windows when a storm comes to your area.

"Seek their lowest level of shelter. Don't spend time opening windows or anything like that. It is a  myth. So the answer is, when your tornado comes, seek your place of shelter, the lowest level or the most interior room within your structure," DeYoung said.

Myth #4: If you're out driving on the interstate, taking shelter under the overpass is safe.

"Stay out from underneath the overpass because if and when a tornado does come under there, it kind of creates a different wind event and it can pull you and suck you out of there," DeYoung said.

These are just a few of the myths people have about staying safe in a tornado.

The best thing you can do to stay safe severe weather strikes, is to be aware, take shelter, and be safe.
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