Our hearts go out to the victims of today's deadly tornado in Central Florida. The twister was part of a storm system that moved through the area around three a.m. At least fourteen people were killed by the storms, and scores of houses were destroyed. The NWS in Melbourne, FL (which handles storm advisories for the area) says tornado watches were posted hours in advance, and tornado warnings were issued 8-15 minutes before the storm struck.
The problem, of course, is that most people are asleep at three a.m., and never hear those warnings. Making matters worse, many of the communities affected by last night's storm don't have warning sirens.
That's why one of these is a very good investment, especially if you live in an area affected by tornadoes. Thirty bucks is pretty cheap for something that could save your life. But, then again, there's that pesky issue of individual responsibility. I've already heard one Florida resident tell the press that someone should "donate" new homes to persons left homeless by today's storms. Call it a hunch, but something tells me that lady doesn't have a NOAA weather radio on her nightstand.