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Tornado or virus? Pandemic means tough sheltering decisions

2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 April 09, 2020 7:55 AM April 09, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAY REEVES
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, and Tornado Alley residents are faced with a question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one? Tornado-prone states including Alabama and Kansas are recommending that people go into shelters if dangerous weather is approaching. Hundreds of people filled shelters in the Tennessee Valley during a weather threat last month. But some say they'd rather take their chances with a twister than COVID-19. The dilemma could get worse if the virus is still a threat when hurricane season starts June 1.

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