Tornado or virus? Pandemic means tough sheltering decisions

The Associated Press - April 11, 2020 11:10 am

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, and Tornado Alley residents are faced with a question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one?

Tornado-prone states including Alabama and Kansas are recommending that people go into shelters if dangerous weather is approaching. Hundreds of people filled shelters in the Tennessee Valley during a weather threat last month.

However, some say they’d rather take their chances with a twister than COVID-19. The dilemma could get worse if the virus is still a threat when hurricane season starts on June 1st.


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