Are you in Alabama or any of the other areas hit by what may have been the largest recorded tornado event in US history? Let us know how you are.
I have calls and emails out to friends in the region or links there and have not heard much back yet. In case you haven’t heard, the storm related death toll from last night’s swarm of well over 100 tornadoes (about 150 unconfirmed being reported now) has risen fro 178 to about 200 people over the last hour as rescue workers comb through utter devastation in Alabama and other areas of the south. Today, tornadoes are expected in other areas of the south and east, so if you live in that area, be aware. (Info)
There are two kinds of weather radio that I recommend, but anything is probably better than nothing. For a desktop that has all the bells and whistles and gets good reception, I recommend the desktop style Midland WR300 Weather Radio. I’ve never owned this model but I’ve owned similar ones, and this is the most positively recommended radio. Some of the “consumer radio” styles you get at the grocery store are a cheaper version of this one, and they are probably fine. This radio does have S.A.M.E. technology as well as AM/FM, clock, alarm, etc. It has a battery backup (4 AA).
My weather radio is a Walkie-Talkie like Midland HH54VP2 Portable Emergency Weather Radio. The reception could be better, but we have strong stations so this is not a big problem. I got the portable because I will simply pull it out of its charging cradle and drop it in the travel kit when going to the Cabin. I’ll probably drop the charging cradle in the charging kit as well, because a weather radio only works if it is on all the time, and that uses up batteries. (Our travel kit seems to contain mainly battery chargers and chargers or transformers for devices anyway.) This small hand held will serve us well when we go to the cabin (crossing the paths of various tornadoes, as usual) in my car (Amanda’ car has a weather radio built in, but that’s not the vehicle we usually use to go up north.)
Here in the Twin Cities we’ve been complaining about cold weather and even snow (we had snow last night!) but starting late Friday the higher energy and warmer weather patterns that have been bringing so much damage to the South will start to shift, intermittently, north.
More information about tornadoes here.