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Terrifying Reminder Of Why To Stay Weather Aware

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  If you live in Minnesota, you likely heard the wail of a tornado siren in your town today. It’s Minnesota Tornado Drill Day as the severe weather season is upon us.
  June 17, 2010 was a terrifying example of how quickly the weather can turn deadly here in the Valley.
  Seventy tornadoes were reported around the region in just 4-hours. One of those tornadoes killed a Mentor, Minnesota man, when it destroyed this convenience store.
  The Weather Service uses Doppler radar and teams of spotters to report  tornadoes and other severe weather.
Mark Ewens, National Weather Service: “And that was the ones that were reported and there were probably many more smaller tornadoes that were out in rural areas that were never reported. Perhaps the damage wasn't’t seen until later.”
  Once a tornado warning is issued, it’s quickly put on air and online by the Valley News Live Storm Team, who also track a storm’s progress and location.
Mick Kjar, VNL Storm Team: “We jump into action getting the information online and on the air as soon as possible.”
    Local emergency officials decide when to blow emergency sirens in your town. If you hear it, you should take cover immediately, because tornadoes or straight line winds could be headed your way.
Tim Froeber, Crookston Fire Chief: “We’ll soundAllhe sirens if we have sustained winds of 65 miles per hour over a period of time or if we have tornadic rotation within 20 miles of the City of Crookston.”
  The severe weather season is upon us, be weather aware and stay safe.

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