Berrien Commissioners Hear Emergency Siren Complaints

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The Berrien County Board of Commissioners heard from a St. Joe woman upset about the lack of warnings from emergency management during last weekend's tornados by Linko Road and Baroda Township.
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John Goodale

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Jun 14, 2010
 
Barrien County Tornado - Baroda, MI.

Was watching Cindy Clawson on continuous weather forecast out of South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen during the severe weather outbreak.

Cindy Clawson was facing the camera, and there, very clearly, over her right shoulder in the vicinity of Bridgman on her doppler weather map, was the clear and distinct rotation indication the software gives to "rotation" - and Cindy Clawson missed it. No one on the channel called her attention to it. The station could have alerted the viewing audience to the potential a full few minutes before the tornado arrived. Agreed it would not have been much time. But a minute or two is everything in a situation like that.

Espescially since no other warning - tv or otherwise went off before the tornado struck.

Shortly thereafter - the national weather emergency broadcast cut all tv programming on all channels to initiate a tornado warning - but I believe that was a tad too late. After Cindy Clawson came back on the air, then she started paying attention to the further occurrrences of "rotation" in eastern Berrien County.

What warning there was - national emergency broadcast - came too late - and for those not watching tv - a warning never came.

Cindy Clawson had a momment of oppertunity to warn her listeners - but she did not.
John Goodale

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Jun 14, 2010
 
Baroda-area historical tornado activity is above Michigan state average.

In general, Baroda-area historical tornado activity is 96% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/11/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 29.9 miles away from the Baroda village center killed 36 people and injured 321 people.

On 4/11/1965, a category 4 tornado 37.1 miles away from the village center killed 31 people and injured 252 people.

And the Baroda area has no Tornado Warning Sirens?

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Baroda-Michigan...
John Goodale

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Jun 14, 2010
 
Copyright 2009 Berrien County Sheriff's Department
Weather Events
HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOS
IN BERRIEN COUNTY, 1860-2009
By Chriss Lyon
May 26, 1860

http://www.bcsheriff.org/...
New Troy Resident

Fayetteville, GA

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Jun 14, 2010
 
Wow. I new that storm did some damage. I didn't realize there was tornado activity.
John Goodale

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Jun 15, 2010
 
04-11-1965 Tornado - See Link:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/program_areas/eve...

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