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Easter tornado threat poses safety dilemma during pandemic

2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago Saturday, April 11 2020 Apr 11, 2020 April 11, 2020 4:49 PM April 11, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The threat of strong tornadoes on Easter is posing a double-edged safety dilemma for Deep South communities deciding how to protect themselves during the coronavirus pandemic. Forecasters say an outbreak of severe thunderstorms with powerful twisters is likely Sunday from Louisiana through the Tennessee Valley. More than 4.5 million people live in the area where dangerous weather is most likely, including Birmingham, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi. While churches generally aren't holding indoor services, some plan drive-in worship in vehicles, which aren't safe during tornadoes. Some communities have waffled on whether to open storm shelters because of the virus threat.

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