Illustrated tornado from the book The Wizard of Oz
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Common Tornado Myths
Has someone told you to open your windows during a tornado? Or has
someone told you that you don't have to worry about tornadoes because the
place where you live is protected? These are two of the most common myths
about tornadoes. Neither of them are true.
Scientists once thought that the low pressure in a tornado caused the normal
in houses to explode out. It turned out that the strong
winds from the tornado destroyed the houses, not the pressure change. In
fact, opening the windows can cause even more damage.
Some people thought that tornadoes couldn't cross mountains or rivers.
This is true for small tornadoes, but the strong ones can. And they're
the ones that cause the most destruction.
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