Letters to the Editor
Tornado warning rejoinder
I just read the letter to the editor in the Aug. 2 Federal Computer Week. The letter [headlined "Tornado warning"] from Vincent T. Wood, a research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, states that it is not a good idea to get under an overpass when a tornado is coming. He offers some lame excuses, such as the danger of airborne debris, for why this is a bad idea but offers no suggestions at all for any alternatives to getting under an overpass.
I happened to have seen the 1991 Public Broadcasting Service program that he referred to, and it was excellent. It showed that a group of people could ride out a tornado that actually passed directly over the overpass, and no one was injured in any way.
I can tell you that if I am ever confronted with a tornado while I am driving, I will definitely head as quickly as I can for an overpass.
Charles L. Smith Sr.
Principal information engineer