Tornado Season Continues

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Next Thursday marks the first day of fall.

For many residents, the thought of tornados is often lost with the summer heat.

"Most often we see more activity in the Spring than the Fall and a lot of times when we have a very quiet thunderstorm season people tend to forget that as we transition to the fall we have a second chance for severe weather," said Meteorologist Martha Spencer.

The National Weather service says the state has had 18 tornados this year.

On average 51 twisters pass through Alabama each year.

So while it may be quiet right now that doesn't mean you won't hear the roar of a storm later.

"In the past we have had tornado, we have had severe weather and tornado events hit in our local area here just before Christmas,” said Steve Carlisle with Houston County Emergency Management Agency.

35 tornado sirens are set around Houston County.

Carlisle says hurricane season often overshadows the threat of tornadoes this time of year.

"November and early December that time frame is still a secondary season for tornados and severe weather," said Carlisle.

Those months are often the ones Dwight Smith forgets about the threat of severe weather.

"Usually the spring time you wouldn't think in the fall or in the winter time that you would get tornadoes," said Smith.

With three dogs, he says it's difficult to find a shelter accepting his four-legged family.
In the event of severe weather he has his own plan.

"I would just pack them up and head to Pensacola," said Smith.

No matter what your plan is experts say it's always helpful to have one.

Experts also suggest buying a weather radio and seeking shelter when severe weather threatens.

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