Knowing about an error in last year's "Man of Steel" movie could save your life.
In the film, scared motorists hid under a highway overpass during a tornado while Clark Kent's father was swept up by the twister.
That was Hollywood. If the tornado was actually that close to the overpass, it could be even more dangerous for the people hiding beneath it.
"Overpasses can concentrate the tornado winds, causing them to be significantly stronger," according to the National Weather Service. "This places the people under them in an even more dangerous situation."
As tornado season approaches, the weather service is having its annual storm-spotter training classes to remind people what to watch out for and to provide weather safety tips. The classes train the public on how to safely watch storms and what to do during severe weather. Hutchinson's class is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire Training Facility, 3201 E. Fourth Ave.
"Being prepared for severe weather is very important - you can't say that enough," said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Wichita office.
Meteorologists will show photos on how thunderstorms develop and will show the different types of tornadoes, from a small rope to a large wedge.
With 51 tornadoes, 2013 had the fewest tornadoes in Kansas since 1994. Most were short and not violent, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest was an EF4 tornado on May 18, 2013, in Pawnee County.
To be prepared for tornadoes, everyone should have access to a weather radio and they should listen to reports on local television stations.
"Be aware of what's going on around you," Smith said. "Know when severe weather is approaching."
Basements without windows are the safest places to go during tornado warnings. Those who don't have a basement should find a small interior room without windows. Anyone outside should find a low, flat location.
Families should make a plan on how to get in touch if they are separated during a tornado warning or even when there is a thunderstorm with large hail, like last summer when grapefruit-size hail slammed parts of Hutchinson.
Because of the hailstorm, Kansas ranked No. 16 in 2013 with more than 7,600 wind and hail claims to State Farm Insurance. Texas ranked No. 1 with 42,000 claims.
Reno County is a part of the CodeRED Severe Weather warning system, whereby anyone can get a phone call on their cellphone when a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued for the area. Sign up at coderedweb.com or find the link on renogov.org/202/Emergency-Management.
This program also provides notification for other hazards in the area.
For more severe weather information, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml.