Don't try to outrun tornadoes, Oklahoma City official advises
Once a tornado warning is issued, it's too late to flee, Oklahoma City's emergency manager says.
Freeways were at a standstill Friday evening as a storm system that spawned several tornadoes and torrential downpours churned through the metro area.
“We have people who call our office and ask, ‘Should I get in my car and try to outrun the tornado?' We do not recommend that,” Oklahoma City police Lt. Frank Barnes said Sunday.
The time to find shelter and relocate is after a tornado watch is issued and before severe weather — signified by a warning — is imminent, he said.
“We tell people that they need to shelter in place,” Barnes said.
That means a below-ground shelter, aboveground safe room or an interior room “as low as you can, with as many walls between you and the outside of the house as you can get,” he said.