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.