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What should you do if you’re caught in your car in severe weather?

Severe weather is unpredictable and can strike at the worst times. What should you do if you find yourself out on the roads during bad weather?

Listen to weather forecasts

If severe weather strikes while you're driving, you should always listen to the radio so you can be aware of what's going on. This could help you know how strong the storm is and if any tornadoes are headed your way.

Find shelter first

The most important thing you should do when severe weather strikes is to find secure shelter. If you're on the roads, gas stations or other buildings should be your first option. However, you could find yourself in a worse situation where shelter isn't available.

Stay low and avoid overpasses

Worst-case scenario, you're driving where no shelter is around. The best thing you can do is to pull over and find a ditch or low point in the ground nearby. You'll want to lie facedown on the ground with your hands behind your head. This will help prevent debris from flying into you, which could be deadlier than the tornado itself.

An important thing to avoid is overpasses. These act like wind tunnels and increase wind speeds below them. If any debris is flying through the air, it could easily be sped up through the air by an overpass.

Stay informed

You'll usually have a radio to listen in on for severe weather information, but it's always important to be extra prepared. By downloading the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather app, you can receive alerts and monitor radar in real time.

It's important to keep these tips in mind this severe weather season, as you'll never know when you may need them. Always stay alert when bad weather is near, and be safe on the roads.

Stormtrack Weather Special / Weather
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Nate Splater

Nate forecasts on the weekend edition of ABC 17 News This Morning on KMIZ and FOX 22, KQFX.

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