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If you are on the highway and need to seek cover from an approaching tornado, is it a good idea to get under a highway overpass?

The answer is no, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. The idea that overpasses are safe places to take cover from a tornado probably stems from a Wichita television news crew who did exactly that several years ago on the Kansas Turnpike. So did several other motorists who stopped to escape the tornado.

Nobody was hurt in that incident, which has been shown repeatedly on television since then. The weather service, however, maintains that overpasses are not good places to ride out a tornado because the high winds can funnel debris at high speeds under an overpass.

Meteorologists say the best thing to do as a motorist is to get out of the tornado's path or get out of the car and lie flat in a ditch, ravine or below-grade culvert.

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