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Areas near rivers, lakes, and mountains are safe from tornadoes.
  • Fact
    No place is safe from tornadoes. In the late 1980s, a tornado swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving a path of destruction up and down a 10,000 ft. mountain.

The low pressure with a tornado causes buildings to "explode" as the tornado passes overhead.
  • Fact
    Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural damage.

Windows should be opened before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage.
  • Fact
    Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave the windows alone: instead, immediately go to a safe place.

Shelby County, Alabama
200 West College St.
Columbiana, AL 35051
Ph: (205) 670-6550