1st tornado touchdowns of year report...

1st tornado touchdowns of year reported, but no injuries

There are 15 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 12, 2007, titled 1st tornado touchdowns of year reported, but no injuries. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A Wednesday evening storm produced the first reported funnel clouds and tornado touchdowns of the season in the Indianapolis area.

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DEE PLAINFIELD

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Apr 12, 2007
WELL I LIVE JUST OUT SIDE OF TOWN AND NEVER HEAR THE WARNINGS JUST DEPEND ON TV AND RADIO
Steve

Virginia Beach, VA

#2 Apr 12, 2007
You need a NOAA weather radio. You can't receive warnings any quicker than with one of those radios.....The instant the NWS hits their warning button, that radio bradcasts the alert.

I'm a huge advocate of those radios. They save lives!
Toto

United States

#3 Apr 12, 2007
Were the sirens in P'field even sounded. EMA can isolate which sirens to sound. Yesterday, the ones in Brownsburg weren't sounded, but up the road in Pittsboro (where the storm was), they did sound.

If you ask me, the system worked 100% as indended.
Country Gal

Chandler, AZ

#4 Apr 12, 2007
I'm in Boone county, in the country, and this was the first time I've heard sirens out my way. After we got over the shock and thrill of that we started looking at the sky again. Had funnel clouds all over but thankfully none touched down. This is the one thing I love about living in Indiana...the spring storms!!!
Wheel Watcher

Lexington, KY

#5 Apr 12, 2007
The TV stations went over the top with their coverage of this storm. It's April in Indiana, what do you expect? The TV stations are doing no good by interrupting prime time game shows (WOF, Jeopardy, etc) and feeling so cocky about having the so-called "best" weather coverage. Of all places to be for people who are in the path of a severe storm, in front of a TV is not the best place to sit when the tornado sirens are going off.
wuz there

AOL

#6 Apr 12, 2007
We were in the parking lot at Bethesda Baptist in Brownsburg and heard sirens. The siren wasn't strong, but it was there.
DeeDee

United States

#7 Apr 12, 2007
Country Gal wrote:
After we got over the shock and thrill of that we started looking at the sky again. Had funnel clouds all over but thankfully none touched down.
You won't find me looking at the sky if the sirens go off. I'll be in a basement or in a bathtub on the ground floor with the sofa cushions on top.
A reminder to those with NOAA radios: you may need to re-program your codes now that they issue warnings for portions of counties.
Big Tone

Burbank, CA

#9 Apr 12, 2007
Wheel Watcher wrote:
The TV stations went over the top with their coverage of this storm. It's April in Indiana, what do you expect? The TV stations are doing no good by interrupting prime time game shows (WOF, Jeopardy, etc) and feeling so cocky about having the so-called "best" weather coverage. Of all places to be for people who are in the path of a severe storm, in front of a TV is not the best place to sit when the tornado sirens are going off.
Try telling that to the people of Lizton and Arcadia. So sorry you missed your prime time crap. I for one would rather know where the strom was headed.
Storm Watcher

Rushville, IN

#10 Apr 12, 2007
Wheel Watcher wrote:
The TV stations went over the top with their coverage of this storm. It's April in Indiana, what do you expect? The TV stations are doing no good by interrupting prime time game shows (WOF, Jeopardy, etc) and feeling so cocky about having the so-called "best" weather coverage. Of all places to be for people who are in the path of a severe storm, in front of a TV is not the best place to sit when the tornado sirens are going off.
While I, too, detest the "we were the best" that the
stations do, I do appreciate them staying on the air
and showing the radar. That's how you know if you're
in the storms path, and when to take shelter. Or at
least for us in the country it is. Radio's okay, but
it's not the same as seeing just how close it's getting.
Looking outside? That's great, but we live in wooded
areas - kind of hard to see far off. Not everyone lives
in a town with sirens.
WATP

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Apr 12, 2007
Where are the parents?
Rachel

Bloomington, IN

#12 Apr 12, 2007
I'm also from Bloomington; however, this line of thought is just silly. If its your home and your family at risk, then you want the TV stations to report. If it was my home, I would. Think about others besides yourself.
Wheel Watcher wrote:
The TV stations went over the top with their coverage of this storm. It's April in Indiana, what do you expect? The TV stations are doing no good by interrupting prime time game shows (WOF, Jeopardy, etc) and feeling so cocky about having the so-called "best" weather coverage. Of all places to be for people who are in the path of a severe storm, in front of a TV is not the best place to sit when the tornado sirens are going off.
Barty Bart

Monon, IN

#13 Apr 12, 2007
It was Mitch's fault!
Scott T Foh

Gainesville, FL

#14 Apr 12, 2007
I live in Gainesville Florida and a good friend of mine,Dena, lives in Indianapolis. I saw the potential for some pretty extreme weather in that region, due to the proverbial bow signal on the Weather Channels' radar, so I emailed her to keep her eye to the sky...and sure enough , look at the result!!She sent me Y'alls' article on the event.Thankyou for listening, as maybe someone else can do the same for someone else in the future after reading this. Keep up the good coverage! Scott T Foh (Go Gators!)
nonsequitor

Bloomington, IN

#15 Apr 12, 2007
Tornadoes know you get more points for touchdowns than field goals.
Bob in Brownsburg

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Apr 13, 2007
Toto wrote:
EMA can isolate which sirens to sound.
Emergency Management doesn't sound the sirens. The sirens are activated by the various public safety dispatchers in the county. There are currently four different dispatch centers in the county, so it's very likely that you have four different siren policies and four different opinions about when to sound them.

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