Related to Myth #4, many people think big cities are immune to tornadoes. That's not the case: Many cities ― including Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis (which has been hit a whopping four times) ― have been hit by tornadoes. (Skyscraper Storms: 7 Big City Tornadoes)
Cities can simply seem like they aren't tornado-prone for some innate or meteorological reason when it's really just statistics: Cities occupy a smaller area relative to the surrounding, more rural areas, and are therefore less likely to be hit.
In fact, damage caused by tornadoes can be worse in big cities, due to their high concentration of people and structures. Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., sustained severe damage from a tornado that tore through both cities on April 27, 2011, and was on the ground for 80 miles (129 kilometers) ― killing 65 and injuring 1,500. The tornado bucked a downward trend in tornado deaths, not only because of its powerful EF4 strength, but also because it hit highly populated areas.
For more tornado safety tips, read through the Storm Prediction Center's helpful guide.
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