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NWS Urges Rural Missourians to Get Weather Radios

As we approach tornado season, one item to have in your storage room is a weather radio. These specialty radios are programmed to respond to emergency alerts from weather broadcast services, and meteorologists say they have saved lives. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield says the worst part of Tuesday night’s storms may occur in the middle of the night.

The National Weather Service strongly advises people who live far from tornado sirens to buy weather radios, which will alert them if a tornado is approaching.

“Ultimately, when we issue a warning for their area, those weather radios will wake people up with an alarm. And they do save lives, especially when tornadoes are bearing down on people’s houses in the middle of the night. They can be found at Radio Shack and various other places,” Cramer said.

Cramer says although tornadoes are more common in the spring, Cramer says in southwest Missouri, tornadoes can happen 365 days a year.