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by Kevin Lighty, KSPR Weather and klighty@kspr.com | March 7, 2013
What's in your storm kit?  What we recommend goes well beyond batteries and a flash light. Most of us all think of the obvious things to have in a tornado survival kit, like a weather radio or a flashlight. But let's take a look at some of the things that you may want to have close by if a tornado destroys your house. Think of some of the odd and end things you may want to have handy, like a bike helmet to protect your head from flying debris, and have shoes nearby so you aren't walking on sharp pieces of debris.
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by Kevin Lighty, KSPR Weather and klighty@kspr.com | March 7, 2013
Just how educated are we when it comes to knowing where to go in the event of a tornado?  Let's find out. We went to downtown Springfield to ask people where they would go if a tornado was headed for them, like if they were watching a game at Hammons Field. Underneath the bleachers? Not quite.  You want to make your way to the restrooms located above the ballfield. How about if you were watching a concert at JQH Arena? Under the stage? Probably not the best idea.  Instead, make your way to the restrooms and take shelter in there.
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by Aaron Boll, KSPR Weather and aboll@kspr.com | March 7, 2013
So a storm has damaged your house?  What's your next move. When Adam and Suzanne Hutson built their house last year, they made sure it had a tornado shelter for them and their four kids. "They just think we are hanging out in the room and playing together. " says Adam Hutson.  Each kid has a chair to sit in and wait out the storm and the things they need. "We've got games for the kids to be able to play. We've got some supplies and a little bit of toiletry to just clean up and a first aid kit," says Adam Hutson.  You need to have a fully stocked first aid kit.  Stop bleeding and get help as soon as possible.  Have extra shoes for everyone in the shelter.  "There is going to be downed trees, a lot of broken glass, nails so we don't want to be down here in our socks," says Adam Hutson.
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Meteorologist Lindsey Slater and Tony Nguyen and lslater@kspr.com | March 1, 2013
What would happen if an EF-5 went right through Springfield? This happened in Joplin almost 2 years ago.  After Joplin, the Green County Office of Emergency Management opened a brand new shelter. They say it can withstand an EF5 tornado. It's meant to house Government Agencies, Community Responders, and Public Safety Officials in the event of a disaster. FEMA approved safe rooms or shelters include strong I-beams, reinforced concrete walls, and many other specifications. One of the OEM's projects was to see what an EF5 tornado would do if it hit Springfield.
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Meteorologist Lindsey Slater and Tony Nguyen and Lslater@kspr.com | March 1, 2013
What do outside sirens actually mean? Most of the time, the sirens are sound for a Tornado Warning, but there are other scenarios in which they can be sound as well. Ryan Nicholls, Emergency Manager of Greene County, states some reasons. "We have in the past activated the sirens - it was a threat to public safety". One example was this past June, when a severe thunderstorm brought 70 mile an hour winds during the evening commute. It wasn't a tornado, but the strong winds did cause plenty of damage.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Follow Chris on Facebook | February 28, 2013
One year has passed since the Leap Day tornado outbreak of 2012 that spawned eight tornadoes across the Ozarks, killing two people and injuring 53 others. The outbreak consisted of 5 EF-1 tornadoes and 3 EF-2 tornadoes that hit throughout the very early morning of February 29. An EF-2 tornado touched down 3 miles west-northwest of Cassville and ended 1.7 miles later, killing one person and injuring four. A tornado of similar size struck in eastern Polk and Dallas counties, killing one person and injuring 12. Branson became the unwilling face of the tornado outbreak, however, as the city was hit by an EF-2 that traveled 22 miles from near Joe Bald Road in Kimberling City to an area just east of Kissee Mills.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | February 28, 2013
BRANSON, Mo -- One year ago, a string of tornadoes ripped through the Ozarks, including one that struck at the heart of Music City. Branson's Leap Day Tornado damaged or destroyed 78 properties, and all but seven of them are cleaned up. The Hilton Convention Center replaced more than 3,000 windows; the Branson Car Museum is getting a new garage; and the Burger Shack has four walls again. Managers there wasted no time picking up the pieces - and wanted to send a message to whoever passed by. "We didn't want tourists to come in town and see devastation and everything," manager Hope Gourley tells KSPR News.
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Lauren Pozen, KSPR News and lpozen@kspr.com | February 2, 2013
JOPLIN, Mo.-After six months of living in a trailer, a Joplin family now has a place to call home. The Rodriguez's survived the 2011 tornado in a closet, but their house and most of their belongings were gone. It is a new beginning for 17-year-old Karina Rodriguez and her family. After moving in days ago, they finally have their own place to call home. They call their new home the work of guardian angels. "The other house was not as big. I feel so safe now," says 13-year-old Gabby Rodriguez.
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Aaron's Weather Blog and KSPR Meteorologist Aaron Boll | January 29, 2013
The storms are developing to our west and will move in later this morning and afternoon.  A tornado watch has been issued for these counties until 3pm.  I do expect another watch later in the day to be issued for our southeastern counties. The Storm Prediction Center has all of the area in a slight risk of severe weather and our southeastern counties have a moderate risk of severe weather. The biggest risk will be damaging winds with isolated tornadoes.  We could see some good rain too. The storms are developing to our west in Oklahoma and Kansas.  This activity will then move to the northeast into the Ozarks.
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