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Tornado warning siren

August 3, 2010 - Blaine Hyska

Two tornadoes touched down in Norway recently.

On April 30, a tornado touched down in 1.5 miles northwest of Iron River.

Eight years ago, on Sept. 30, 2002, a tornado swept through the Dickinson County area, including Iron Mountain-Kingsford.

Amber Stanchina of Norway said the the most recent storm uprooted a shed at her house on Seventh Avenue.

“I didn’t see anything, but it sounded like a freight train coming through,” she said. “We had a shed on the side of our driveway that was uprooted. The frame and everything was taken out of the ground, and we have no idea where it is. Trees are down everywhere here.”

“Neighbors lost a trampoline, a fence, you name it, it’s on the road,” she said.

During this storm, tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service and were broadcast on television networks.

What happens when the electricity goes out? What happens if you’re not watching television or searching the internet during a storm?

I know the drill. Turn on the battery-operated weather radio.

But I don’t believe everyone in this area has a weather radio, or bothers to turn it on during a storm.

Many tornado-prone communities have a solution. They have warning sirens for tornadoes. The sirens can be heard for miles.

The siren idea was discussed by local officials after the 2002 tornado, but it was never implemented.

How many more tornadoes will we witness before someone actually implements a warning siren in this area?


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