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"THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WITH COMPLETE DEVASTATION LIKELY. … SEEK SHELTER NOW! … MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WILL OFFER NO SHELTER FROM THIS TORNADO — ABANDON THEM IMMEDIATELY."
Had such a warning come across his television set on May 22, Joplin resident Jeff Lehr said he might have sought shelter. Instead, it wasn't until a siren distracted him from a sporting event he was watching on TV that he looked out a window and saw what appeared to be dark thunderstorm clouds.
Even then, he didn't take cover until the windows began imploding in his apartment.
"After hundreds of times of similar thunderstorms approaching Joplin, many of those with tornado warnings attached, and you see them pass … after all those storms, you kind of get jaundiced about the warnings and tend not to give them the weight you probably should give them," said Lehr, a reporter at The Joplin Globe.
Originally posted by dmonkey
here is what i think we all need. SMART PHONES. :-)
i downloaded an APP for my iphone called CODE RED. It is linked into the national weather service so you get alerts on your phone loud enough to wake you. but the main reason i like it is because i can set it to alarm me if it goes off in the middle of the night because there are storms moving to my area. you can set 10 miles away, 5 miles away, 3 miles away... so plenty of notice if you want it.
the way it normally happens is the tv says a warning for the entire county, i don't want to stay up all night for things happening 20 miles from me and what if i am not watching tv but i am asleep???
i only want to know what is coming to my house. it gives me plenty of warning specifially for my area and i don't have to be watching tv to know about it. i don't know how many times i have been woken up in the middle of the night with 60 mph winds and lighting and i had no idea it was coming.
there are APPS for that :-) and it is FREE.
Had such a warning come across his television set on May 22, Joplin resident Jeff Lehr said he might have sought shelter. Instead, it wasn't until a siren distracted him from a sporting event he was watching on TV that he looked out a window and saw what appeared to be dark thunderstorm clouds