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March 2, 1971

The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 5

Tipton, Indiana
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Tuesday, March 2, 1971
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TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 1971 THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE WHERE TORNADOES OCCUR MOST OFTEN [AVERAGE FREQUENCY OF TORNADOES FfSr50-MILE SQUARE (2500 SQUARE MILES)] Page U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Opens 1971 Skywarn Tornado Safety Campaign The National Weather ^Service today launched SKYWARN 71, . this' year's campaign to save lives from tornadoes. - Each year, the Weather Service (formerly- the Weather Bureau) -- an agency, of the Com- • - merce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — inaugurates the SKY- WARN campaign before the peak of the tornado season. Purpose is to 'grre communities the time needed to fill out their networks of .volunteer spotters and tell \ citizens how to prepare for these [ vicious storms. ' ; For PREPARDEDNESS is the./ : .key word in dealing with torna- - does. The deadly twisters, with . winds exceeding 250 miles an hour, are among the least predictable of all natural disasters. In the past 15 years, the annual number of. tornadoes reported in U.S. has varied from a low of, 461 with .31 deaths in 1963 to a high of 912 with 116 deaths in 1967. In 1970, according to statistics issued by NOAA's Environmental Data Service, there were 650 torna-- does, with 73 deaths. • Most tornadoes occur between the Rockies and the Appalachians,. : but no state is immune. Peak months are April, May, and June, but they have appeared in every . month. Most frequent "time is late afternoon and early evening, but they have roared into action long, after sundown. Twisters -frequently travel from southwest to northeast. A statistically . typical tornado churns along for about 10 minutes leaving a path one-eighth of a mile wide by 5 miles long. Some are much' longer... On March 18, 1925, a single twis­ terran a course" of 200 miles through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 700 people. Twisters can occur in massive out-. breaks. On Palm Sunday, 1965, several dozen tornadoes explod-. ed like a giant artillery barrage across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan; and Ohio," leaving a trail of 270 dead and thousands injured. Some of these storms struck at midnight. Faced with such erratic behavior, forecasters stress long- range preparedness. Says Weather Service Director George P. Cressman: "While tornado / damage to property may be inevitable, large death tolls are not I am convinced that pre-' paredness programs >such as SKYWARN can save many-Mves that otherwise would be lost." The Weather Service uses a two-stage system to alert people to tornado, danger: the WATCH and the WARNING. The watch tells you that atmospheric conditions are ripe for tornadoes, although none has been sighted; the warning tells you a tornado has actually been spotted, visu- jally or on radar. Most tornadoes are first sighted by private citizens, frequently by volunteer spotters who serve as the Weather Service's "eyes" across, large areas of the country. There are thousands of public-spirited spotters organized into networks who report tornadoes to the Weather Service or other official warning- centers. One 1 aspect of SKYWARN is to recruit more spotters where needed. The Weather Service recommends that officials in schools, hospitals, factories and largo apartment complexes have special tornado-preparedness plans. A booklet describing how to set up an effective program is available to community and other leaders. Requests should be sent to the Public Information Office, National Weather Service, 8060 13th Street, Silver Spring, Md. Weather By United Press International Light rain which developed along the "Ohio River, at Indiana's southern border was expected to spread over most of the rest of the state by this afternoon, visiting the far north portion in the form of light snow and .changing- to light snow in the remainder by tonight. Precipitation, originally scheduled to arrive late Monday was delayed by about 24 hours except along the river, where Cincinnati measured .06, Evans- vine .02 and Louisville a trace. High . temperatures Monday ranged from 42- at South Bend to 58 .at Evansville and 60 at Louisville. Overnight lows this morning ranged from 24 at South Bend to 41 at Evansville' and 43 at Louisville. Forecasts called for colder temperatures today, with highs ranging from the mid 30s to the lower 50s, lows tonight ranging . from 18 to the' lower 30s, and highs Wednesday from the up-; per 20s to the low 40s. Rather blustery winds were schediled to return to the state today, with velocities ranging from 13 to 22 miles per hour this afternoon and tonight. 20910. Ask for "Tornado Preparedness Planning" and identify the position you hold. An especially important part of SKYWARN is its attempt to explain what each individual can do to protect himself and his family, since no one is entirely safe from these deadly storms. Here are "some tornado safety rules which could spell the difference between life and death for anyone — anywhere. SAFETY RULES , When a -tornado approaches, immediate action can save your life! _ ' •.. \ A tornado watch means' tprna- does-^aro exacted to develop. Keep a battery-operated radio or television set nearby, and listen for weather advisories- even if the sky is blue. A tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Seek inside shelter (in a storm cellar or reinforced building) and stay away from windows. Curl up so that your head and eyes are protected. Keep a battery-operated radio or television nearby, and listen for further advisories. In office buildings, go to an interior hallway on the lowest floor, or to the designated shelter area. In homes, the basement offers the greatest safety. Seek shelter under sturdy furniture if possible. In homes without basements, take cover in the center part of the house, on the lowest floor, in a small room such as a closet or bathroom, or under sturdy furniture. Keep some windows open, but stay away from them. In shopping centers, go to a designated shelter area (NOT to your parked car). In schools, follow ~ advance plans to an interior hallway on tlie lowest floor. H.the building is not of reinforced construction, go to a nearby one that is, or take cover outside on low. protected ground. Stay out of auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with wide, free- span roofs.' •In open country, move away from the tornado's path at right angles. If there is not time to escape, lie flat in the nearest ditch or ravine. Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to overturning during strong winds and should be COLONEL SANDERS' FAMOUS KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN With chicken so good, who wants to fry it at home? ELWOOD SHOPPING CENTER | reU ST A COMIfcNVJ FARMERS LOAN TRUST COMPANY 110 £. Jeff. St Tipton, Indiana evacuated when strong winds are forecast. Damage can be minimized by securing trailers with cables anchored in concrete footing. Trailer parks should have a community storm shelter and a warden to monitor broadcasts throughout the severe storm emergency. If there is no shelter nearby, leave the! trailer* park and take cover on low, protected ground. I. 1 73 Lives Six hundred and fifty tornadoes struck the United States in 1970 and 73 persons were killed, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported today. The 1970 totals represent a slight increase over the previous year, when 604 tornadoes and 66 deaths were reported. Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida had the highest incidence of tornadoes during the year, _with 121, 50, and 46 respectively. Only seven states r- Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Rhode island, and Wyoming — had none at all. The highest death toll was in Texas, where twisters took 51 lives. Oklahoma had six fatalities, and Mississippi five, although the Tatter state had far fewer tornadoes than Florida, where no deaths were'recorded. According to NOAA's Environmental Data Service, the number of reported tornado fatalities has dropped over the past 40 years. On the average, from 1930 to 1949, there were 222 deaths per year, compared with the 1950-70 average of 118 deaths annually. The high for killer-storm deaths in-the 950-70 period was in 1953, when 516 people perished; the lowest came in 1962, when 28 persons died. The greatest annual number of tornadoes in the same period was 912, recorded in 1967. Through its Skywarn program to improve public preparedness, NOAA seeks to keep tornado- caused deaths and injuries to a minimum. co O 0_ co CD :(/)'• contrast to the downward trend in tornado deaths, property damage figures have increa- sedjsharply. Since 1965, the annual, economic cost of tornadoes in the United States has soared to $50 million or morel Before 1965, property damage reached that high only twice, in 1957 and 1953. Dense population concentration and settlement of formerly rural areas undoubtedly contribute to the jump in property damage.. In Florida for example, population and construction have mushroomed over the past 10 years, and today the entire stretch of habitable: coastland has become a chain of nearly continuous communities. Only a few years ago, dangerous tornadoes could have cut wide paths through Florida and encountered little more than sand and scrub growth. Now, the same.region may contain housing and commercial developments, from packed trailer parks to clusters of high-rise apartments and hotels, and the potential property dam- • age from a tornado is enormous. This was illustrated on March 5 .last year, when the town of Ti- . tusville, Florida, suffered more . than one million dollars' damage from a tornado that touched.down along a 1.9-mile track. In 1970, the month of June had the .greatest number of tornadoes -- 135; April had 117; and May was third with 88. One of the most devastating tornadoes ever to hit a U. S. city struck Lubbock, Texas, on May 11, causing dam-., age estimated at $135 million. One of the year's most unusually timed storms hit Kansas in - March,-causing estimated damage of $600,000 along a 24-mile path, in an area that was buried beneath a foot of snow two weeks later. In April, one of the most The Tipton Tribune 221-223 E. Jefferson Street Tipton, Indiana 46072 Phone 675-2115 By carrier in city 45? per week BY MAIL: Tipton and adjacent Counties:....................... 1 year $11.00 6 months * 6.50 3 months 3.50 Subscription PAID IN ADVANCE. - No mail subscription accepted where carrier delivery is maintained. . Member: UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Entered as Second Class Matter October 4,1895atthe Post Office in Tipton, Indiana, under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1897. SECOND-j6LASS POSTAGE . PAID IN TIPTON, IND. Published Daily ExceptSunday 6 • C 3 A 6-cent stamp commemorating blood donors and to urge increased participation in thisjvital program will be issued March 12, at New'York, New York, on the opening day of the INTERPEX International Stamp and Coin Show. i j j The horizontal stamp design was created by Howard Munce, of Westport, Connecticut. It is a poster type stamp, with "Giving" In red, "Blood" in blue, and "Saves Lives" in blue, against a lighter blue background. A drop of red blood falls beneath the first "O" in "Blood".The denomination "6" in red, appears lower right. "United States Postage",: in blue, is vertical right. Background blue and drop of blood were applied by offset; lettering was printed by Giori. The print order is for 130 million. Collectors desiring first day cancellations may submit orders to the Postmaster, New pfork 10001, plainly indicating the full name and address, INCLUDING ZtP CODE; with remittance to coyer tlie cost which is 6? each. The outside envelope to the Postmaster should be endorsed "First Day Covers 6? Blood Donors Postage Stamp".. Orders must be postmarked no later • than March 12.1971. ! . - !• nwm BXX THE Family Dining MONDAY thru SATURDAY LUNCH DINNER. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. 6 ACRES COFFEE SHOP 7 DAYS A WEEK. 11 A.M.tol0 P.M. Oak Rail 6 DAYS A WEEK 11 A.M. - 1 A.M. 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