Charles City, Iowa – Spring is finally here and as the temperatures begin to rise, so do the chances for severe thunderstorms.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service have designated next week, March 26th through March 30th as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa.
Jeff Boyne, forecaster with the National Weather Service in La Crosse, WI. says each day next week will focus on a separate weather topic.
The annual tornado drill will take place on Wednesday, March 28th between 10am and 11am. The purpose of the drill is to ensure that citizens can adequately receive a tornado warning and can practice any action that would be taken in the event of a real tornado. The Emergency Alert System will be activated on all area radio and TV stations, just like a real Tornado Warning. Residents, schools and businesses are all encouraged to participate in the drill.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Charles City tornado of May 15th, 1968. The twister killed 13 people in Charles City and injured 450 as it slammed into town at 4:50 that afternoon.
Some events are in the planning stages to commemorate the day and to remember those who were lost in the storm. Keep listening and watching for additional information as it’s finalized.
Terry McInroy’s Facebook page, “Charles City Tornado” has a large amount of photos and videos taken in the immediate aftermath of the storm and the clean up efforts that followed. The National Weather Service also has a detailed description of the storm, which can be found here.