Imagine this: A force-two tornado spawns somewhere in our area in the middle of the night, no sirens sound to alert us - then on the news later we hear about destruction and lives lost.
This issue was brought up a few years ago to our state government. The response was, "It's up to the individual counties." Why, then, is there no county in the CSRA that has a rule on the books to sound a siren in the event of a tornado touchdown?
Every summer, numerous severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes cross our area, some actually spawning tornadoes. Yet, we hear nothing other than reports of a tornado touchdown later on!
With countless subdivisions sprouting up and the many mobile parks we have, sounding a siren within a county that has a confirmed tornado touchdown may give folks those vital seconds to scramble to safety. It's either that or the roar of an F-2 (or stronger) tornado yards away and fast approaching!
Dan Leonard, Grovetown