The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

November 30, 2013

We can no longer ignore the warnings

On Nov. 17, your time should be geared toward watching football, making plans for Thanksgiving and raking the last of the leaves from your yard.

On Nov. 17, you should not be glued to the television, watching weather updates and wondering if you should head to the basement.

But glued to the TV we were as a spring-like storm blew not just into our area, but over our entire state.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area got off easy — we paid on May 31, so it’s not like we’re immune.

Some branches were knocked down locally and isolated power outages were reported, but this time it wasn’t our turn.

In just about every other direction, things weren’t so tame.

Dozens of tornadoes hammered Illinois leaving eight people dead and hundreds of homes destroyed.

From tiny New Minden to Peoria and from Sullivan to Chicago, Mother Nature took a toll.

Reports indicate that most residents did heed the warnings they received and headed for shelter. They learned from those who in past storms did not.

Our weather isn’t what it used to be. Unpredictable is an understatement.

Fortunately, technology has kept up with the weather and affords an opportunity to predict events before they happen.

We urge you, as we have many times in the past, to take advantage of that technology. Stay safe.

It appears the number of such dramatic weather events is rising in number, not falling.

Stay tuned.

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