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Meteorologist: Myths No Protection from Tornadoes

Associated Press - March 10, 2014 10:40 am

Photo by Eldon Clark of the F4 tornado near Minneapolis, Kansas May 28th 2013

Photo by Eldon Clark of the F4 tornado near Minneapolis, Kansas May 28th 2013

Weather experts in Kansas say people should not trust in myths to keep them safe during severe weather.

A legend called the Tonganoxie Split, for example, purports the hills divert severe weather away from the Kansas City metropolitan area, Lawrence and Tonganoxie. But in fact, a tornado hit Tonganoxie in 2000, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes and nine businesses.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports other area weather myths officials say shouldn’t be believed are that tornadoes can’t jump Burnett’s Mound, a high point in the southwest part of Topeka, and that tornadoes can’t cross rivers or form at high altitudes.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Barjenbruch warns against having a false sense of security based on myths, and says residents should always have safety plans.

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