MOORE, Okla. (KXAN) - A flash flood and severe thunderstorms slowed the recovery efforts in Moore, Okla., so the mountains of debris and mangled cars will be around a little longer.
Looking across the devastated landscape three days after the deadly EF-5 twister struck, it doesn't take long to understand how wind can be so dangerous.
Anything, small or large, flying through the air at 200 mph is a deadly missile. Some of the most jaw-dropping scenes among the rubble are the cars. One can only imagine what it must have looked like to see them as part of a flying debris cloud.
But cars actually saved many lives Monday afternoon.
The tornado rule has always been you never get into a car to get away from a tornado. That rule changed two years ago. It's never a good idea, and trashed cars lining Interstate 35 are a classic example why. They were blown right off the highway during the tornado.
The cars are almost unrecognizable, and the occupants likely would not have survived, but there are situations now where a car might be a preferred option.
Those include large, violent tornadoes like the one which hit Moore. If the twister was headed directly toward you and you could not get underground or get out-of-the-way, and automobile might be the best way to get out-of-the-way.
Additionally, if you live in a mobile home and there is no nearby shelter, getting out of the way in a car may be the best option.
However, if you encounter flying debris, pull over, get your seatbelt on, and stay below the window level. If you can get lower than the road and into a nearby ditch, that would be the preferred option.
In Central Texas, F4-F5 tornadoes are rare. The 1997 Jarrell tornado is the only known F5 ever to touch down in the region. About 99 percent of tornadoes in the area are on the low end of the Fujita scale, and hunkering down in the middle of a house, unless it's a mobile home, will be sufficient.
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