Severe weather season is here with a vengeance. Last week there was a period of 4 days where 243 tornadoes touched down. The season continues through June and every time a cold front comes through people need to be vigilant from the Rocky Mountains eastward.
SOME TIPS: 1) Buy a NOAA Weather Radio (Radio shack has them inexpensively)
*** OR LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ON-LINE HERE: http://www.weather.gov/nwr/streamaudio.htm#livestream
**JUST PICK YOUR LOCATION FROM THE LIST**
2) When a tornado warning is active (on the ground) in your area - Go into the smallest room -a bathroom, and put blankets over your head; or the basement (and smallest room there), until it passes.
3) Do not stay in cars - get in sturdy buildings.
4) Do NOT go under a bridge to ride out a tornado. WHY? 1 Deadly flying debris can still be blasted into the spaces between bridge and grade, and impaled in any people hiding there. 2. Even when strongly gripping the girders (if they exist), people may be blown loose, out from under the bridge and into the open--possibly well up into the tornado itself. 3. The bridge itself may fail, peeling apart and creating large flying objects, or even collapsing down onto people underneath
TO UNDERSTAND Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, Hail, etc. Go to: http://www.weather.gov/om/severeweather/resources/ttl6-10.pdf
VIDEO OF A TORNADO:
FROM THIS WEEKEND: St. Louis Airport Damaged by Tornado
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Crews worked to get St. Louis' tornado-battered airport ready to reopen on Sunday after it was hit by a roaring storm that also destroyed dozens of houses, tossed cars and knocked out power.
A Red cross official said there were reports of at least 500 homes damaged in the Friday night storm, although that could not be confirmed.
Several injuries were reported but no fatalities. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and released state funds to help in the cleanup.Workers and cranes could be seen cleaning debris on Saturday from the roof of one airport terminal building, where the storm had left gaping holes. One-thousand people were involved in the effort to get the airport operating again, officials said.