Another widespread myth is that big cities are safe from tornadoes. After all, our image of tornadoes comes from Dorothy and her little dog Toto on a Kansas farm. More tornadoes do form in Kansas than many other places, but Atlanta was hit last month and last year a twister touched down in Brooklyn, New York.
"Tornados don't care if there's a city there or not," said Brooks. "Historically, there have been tornados that have hit Washington and Philadelphia. St. Louis has been particularly hard hit. Chicago's had significant tornados. So essentially, any large city, if you wait long enough, will get hit."
The Twister Sisters strongly advise purchasing a weather radio that will warn you of the approach of dangerous weather. A small investment of about $30 could save your life, they say, because the radio will wake you at night when you might not have the television or another radio on. And the weather radio will stay silent until weather in your area is dangerous.
"Things happen in tornados you just can't believe," said Willenburg. "You just don't want them to be happening to you."