When tornado sirens sound- go to the basement. This is elementary right? We all learn this in grade school.
It is not specifically the tornado that is the concern but the debris it picks up and tosses like a Nerf ball- except a lot more dangerous.
Tuesday the sky got black way to early. Wind gusted like I had never seen (or felt) Lightening flashed. It was surreal.
The noise was deafening. It would not have been surprising to see a cow a la Twister fly by (even though there are no cows with in a mile or so of here)
But, there were people who did not listen to the warnings and were hanging out... Dude. Nothing may happen and that is great- but heaven forbid something does happen, it is better to be somewhere with some modicum of protection.
This is confusing- some towns do not sound sirens for "Tornado Warnings" for a radar indicated tornado- they wait until a tornado is spotted before sounding them. On Tuesday, one town that was hit by a tornado did not sound the sirens...as the tornado was not spotted. Visibility was poor, and the tornado was rain wrapped. This has the potential to end tragically- and if the tornado the other night was stronger it very easily could have had a sad ending.
Other municipalities do sound their sirens for radar indicated tornados, which in my opinion is a lot safer of a choice. Regardless- if there is a tornado warning- get in the basement.
This means that as a resident you should know under what circumstances your municipality sounds the sirens and be aware of a safe place to go.