More Severe Weather on the Way

by Kelly Choate on March 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

Authorities across the Midwest are searching for more victims from multiple tornadoes, including a powerful EF-4 that killed at least 12 people, but the worst might not be over.  Ohio could be in the path of another round of strong storms.

Muskingum County EMA Director Bo Keck said he stays in close contact with other officials when severe weather is in the forecast.

"The tornado sirens are set by the sheriff’s office, and the only time they are set is when we’re either under a warning from the National Weather Service, or we have a confirmed spotting of a tornado on the ground in Muskingum County," said Keck.

Keck said the timing is far from optimal since the storm is expected to peak during the night.  He said it’s important to follow the safety protocol issued by law enforcement.

"You should take cover and go into the basement if you have one," said Keck.  "If you don’t have a basement, you should go to the smallest interior room of the house, which is normally a bathroom, and you should just huddle up in that area and stay there until the storm has passed."

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