Jackson residents concerned over no tornado warning


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Storm clean up continues after a tornado touched down in both Jackson and Bath Township on Saturday.

But during the storm, a tornado warning for those areas was never issued.

A tornado touching down in Jackson this past weekend left debris everywhere, but a few residents say they’re a little concerned because they didn’t know it was coming.

“We thought it was just a thunderstorm, so we weren’t aware a tornado or that these high of winds were coming down,” said Kristal Georgopoulos, who’s in town visiting her parents.

Smashed cars and tree trunks yanked from the ground are all part of the aftermath of Saturday’s tornado in Jackson.

Georgopoulos says she’s never seen anything like it.

“I was driving down the street, a tree actually fell about ten or fifteen feet in front of me,” said Georgopoulos.

The National Weather Service only issued a severe thunderstorm warning at the time, so no sirens went off.

Georgopoulos says if she knew the severity of the storm, she wouldn’t have left the house.

“I definitely wouldn’t had been out on the street had I known that there was a tornado warning,” said Georgopoulos.

“The radar, the tools, the technology just missed it,” said Rob Dale, the Regional Planner for Ingham County Emergency Management.

Dale says even though there wasn’t an official warning, to trust your gut.

“Don’t rely on the sirens, they’re one way of notifying you, but if you think something is wrong with that storm, take the thirty seconds it takes to go down to your basement and possibly save your life,” said Dale.

Frank White lives across the street from Georgopoulos and the storm ripped his yard apart.

“Sounded like a freight train coming through, I been through tornados before so I know what it sounds like,” said White.

He says even though he didn’t hear a siren, he took cover, because he says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“When you hear that sound, you better be hiding,” said White.

Other than the damage on their homes, residents say the cleanup process for the debris will last at least until the end of the week.

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