Yesterday was a pretty harrowing day at Freeman Grapevine, as it was for the rest of the Metroplex for that matter. Storms producing at least 3 tornadoes, ripped through the area leaving massive amounts of damage in their wake. Check out the video below:
Those were 50 foot trailers that were being hurled in the air like paper. Imagine if you would have been in your car at that moment, at that spot. It’s sad to say, but your tiny little vehicle has no chance when combating such a violent storm.
As we all know, many of these tornadic disturbances happen suddenly and seemingly, without warning. What would you do if you saw one of these coming your way? Out run it? Park under a bridge? Get out of your car and take shelter under the girders of a bridge? “No” to all of the above. Unfortunately there are just a few things you can do.
- Do not drive during tornado conditions.
- Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
- Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
- If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
The bottom line is that you are at the mercy of the storm. The only precautions you can take are the one’s mentioned above and your best bet is to get indoor immediately. If you know that there is the potential for violent storms, just stay home.
After watching that video and hearing all of the stories for local customers, family and friends, this storm could have been much more deadly. Freeman Grapevine is thankful that, as of now, no one was killed. Remember, storms like these can pop up without warning in North Texas. It’s storm season. Drive safely and err on the side of caution, always.