Being in the wrong place at the wrong time when a tornado hits, can be deadly. In many cases, victims have mere seconds to react. But, there are some things that could minimize chances of being caught in a killer wind.
The tornado that hit Zebulon two years ago convinced eyewitnesses that twisters have deadly force. Marvin Durham witnessed that storm. He says it was a memorable and frightening experience.
State safety experts say that's why everyone needs a plan to lower risk of injury. A basement is an ideal place to hide, but most residents in this area are lucky to have a crawlspace, which might not be accessible in the seconds between a warning sign and a tornado strike.
Tornado expert Tom Hegele says precious time could be wasted trying to access a crawlspace.
Experts say it's always a good idea to go to the lowest floor in a home, preferably somewhere with no windows.
Hegele says the only time peopleshouldget out of the house is if the house is a mobile home. In that case, they say, get out and look for a ditch or some other low-lying area to take shelter in.
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