Spring 2019 has not been kind to the people of Oklahoma, in fact, every county in the Sooner state remains in a state of emergency at the time of publication. Torrential rains have led to record flood levels that have not been seen in more than 30 years, and the outbreak of tornados across green country has been nothing short of astounding. The threat of tornados has always been something that for those of us who reside in “tornado alley” have simply lived with. The Oklahoma night sky lit only by lightning streaking across the sky, sirens sounding in the middle of the night, the entire family huddling in a storm shelter or in a closet is just a part of growing up in Oklahoma. But for two Oklahoma City residents, the threat of a tornado was so real that they actually crawled through the small drive-thru window of a local Chick-fil-A to escape.
Video Footage obtained by Fox reportedly taken on Friday night at a Chick-fil-A location in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, shows a female driver and her passenger parked at the drive-thru of the popular restaurant as employees start to gather around the window. The driver then opens the door to her vehicle, exits the car, and hops thru the window while outside winds appear to blow debris into the restaurant. The passenger of the car, also a female can be seen following close behind the driver, hopping through the window an employee beckons both women to get inside.
The remaining footage, which appears to have been taken by a security camera, shows the customers, along with the Chick-fil-A staff, taking shelter further inside the restaurant. No one was injured during the incident, Fox 8 reports. Local officials confirmed to KFOR that a possible tornado was in the area at the time.
Severe storms, tornadoes, and floods have devastated certain areas of Oklahoma, Missouri and other parts of the Midwest in recent weeks, resulting in dozens of injuries and several deaths.
As of Monday morning, the National Weather Service warned of strong winds across sections of the Midwest, as well as the enhanced risk of tornadoes in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska, among other states.
What to Do if in a Car or Truck When Tornadoes Strike
According to the NOAA:
Vehicles are extremely risky in a tornado. There is no safe option when caught in a tornado in a car, just slightly less-dangerous ones. If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado. Seek shelter in a sturdy building, or underground if possible. If you are caught by extreme winds or flying debris, park the car as quickly and safely as possible — out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushions if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris.
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