Published: 2007-06-27 14:04:10
Updated: 2007-06-27 14:04:10
Posted June 27, 2007 2:04 p.m. EDT
By Elizabeth Rowe
MIKE MOSS SAYS: Elizabeth, Being in a ditch as a tornado approaches is certainly not as safe as being in a well-built structure, preferably on a lower floor in a small room or hallway with as many walls as possible between yourself and the outdoors. However, safety experts do recommend a ditch as a reasonable last-resort if you are caught in a open area and can not avoid the tornado in any other way. The ditch at least offers some cover from the direct effects of very strong winds and dangerous flying debris. When taking cover in a ditch, however, it is important to pay attention to the potential for heavy rain and flash-flooding of the low-lying area.