State Looking at Weather Warning Options


Most tornado deaths in Florida occur at night when people are asleep and not listening to radio or watching TV according to state meteorologist Ben Nelson.

That's why, after last week's storms, many are asking how to improve weather warnings.

Florida emergency manager Craig Fugate says the state is looking at all options.

FUGATE: Now we gotta go back and ask the questions of the survivors: how did they survive? Was it they were fortunate, or did they get warning? And if they got warning, how did they get warning, and what did they do?

State directors rejected a siren system after a 1998 storm killed 43 in the same region.

Currently, the decision to install sirens is left up to individual counties. With sirens costing at least ten thousand dollars each, it could be a budget breaker for some counties.

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