Why An Overpass DOESN’T Make A Good Tornado Shelter!

You’ve probably seen the famous tornado movie where a film crew was chased by a tornado and they wound up taking shelter under a Kansas highway overpass.

The following videos provide some great reasons you why you do NOT want to seek shelter under an overpass, if you happen to be driving in your car when a tornado approaches.

 

Tornado Overpass Video #1

This first video highlights the danger of riding out a tornado under and overpass:

 

 

 

Tornado Overpass Video #2

These people survived a relatively weak tornado, but don’t miss the update below this video:

 

 

So, does an overpass make a good tornado shelter?

NO! Here’s why…

Because overpasses are death traps. The high winds from a tornado under an overpass can create a type of dangerous wind tunnel effect — and debris can be blown right through at dangerously high speeds, seriously hurting anyone under the bridge.

Plus, if the overpass collapses, anyone under it is in extreme risk of injury or death.

Here’s a longer version of the same video which shows injuries suffered by those who stayed in their vehicles during that tornado.


Tornado Overpass Video #3

Here’s another video shot by amateur storm chasers who sought shelter under and overpass. You can hear that someone got hit by flying debris and called for help. See their update after the video below:

 

 

This video is a great example of how NOT to safely storm chase. Seeking shelter under an overpass is a HUGE mistake, since the winds actually accelerate there when a tornado approaches. DO NOT TAKE COVER UNDERNEATH AN OVERPASS WHEN A TORNADO IS APPROACHING! This video defines the beginning of storm chasing for TornadoVideos.net. We knew very little about storm structure or forecasting back then, but we learned fast on May 3, 1999.  Source

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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