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    EF4 Tornado Damage - Blue Ash, Ohio


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    Photographer Mary Jo Parker, NWS Wilmington, OH
    Date taken April 9, 1999
    Location Blue Ash, Ohio (Hamilton County)     map
    Event Tornado damage

    Additional notes
    This SUV was tossed into a yard and its windows blown out when an F4 tornado hit the Blue Ash area.  While these winds were in excess of 160 mph, even winds of 100 mph or less can cause some vehicles to flip.

    Related NWS Product: Tornado Warning

    Safety Note: Vehicles, no matter the size, are easily flipped and tossed around in tornadoes and can be thrown hundreds of yards.  Even weak tornadoes will cause a vehicle to turn over or be tossed.  Cars, trucks, semis and buses are very dangerous places to be when a tornado strikes.  When a tornado is approaching, abandon your vehicle immediately for a sturdy shelter.  Even lying flat in a ditch or ravine with your hands over your head (away from your car) is safer than being in a vehicle.  The wind flow underneath your car will cause it to flip while a person flat on the ground may be safe.

    Never try to outrun a tornado in your car. 
    Even though you may think you are safe, tornadoes can move sporadically, and sometimes new tornadoes may form unexpectedly.  It is especially important not to be on the road in urban and other congested areas when a tornado is approaching.  Storms often cause motorists to slow down or block the road, and you will be stuck in your car without a means of escape.

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