Sirens Could be Coming to Butler County

Sirens Could be Coming to Butler County
By: Ryan Tate
Butler County Emergency Management officials hope they get nine storm sirens from the United States Department of Agriculture. The sirens will go in the towns of Qulin, Neelyville, and Fisk, as well six neighborhoods surrounding Poplar Bluff. The $80,000-$90,000 for the sirens will come from a grant.
"When you've had the tornados like we had, any early notification is great," Joe Knodell said. Knodell is Interim Director for Butler County Emergency Management. "If they hear that siren, they will run for cover."
One of the six neighborhoods where emergency crews will put sirens is in the Pine Cone Subdivision. A F-4 tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in the subdivision back in 2002.
"We need one. It would give us a few more minutes of warning that we did the last time," Raymond Cooper said. Cooper lives in the Pine Cone Subdivision. "I think the County needs one out here for the general area."
Cape Girardeau leaders introduced a new storm siren to the community on Tuesday. Emergency crews in Stoddard County received money from the U.S.D.A. for storm sirens earlier this spring.

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Severe Weather Facts
  • Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, but peak months for occurrence in Kentucky are May, June, July and August.
  • Tornadoes can occur at any time of the day but are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m.
  • Tornadoes often occur as thunderstorms rapidly form.
  • Lightning occurs with ALL thunderstorms.
  • Most lightning casualties occur in the summer months and during the afternoon and early evening.
  • Flash floods are the No. 1 cause of thunderstorm-related deaths.
  • Most flash flood deaths occur when people are trapped in automobiles.

Source:  National Weather Service