Normally when a tornado strikes, storm sirens will sound. But that wasn't the case Monday when a twister touched down in parts of Muscatine.
The EF1 tornado tore through parts of Muscatine on Monday and killed one man inside the Krieger Collision Center, and people continue to wonder why the sirens did not go off.
"Because there were no tornado sirens, I figured it's just a storm." Michael Pothoff owns Miracle Car Wash in Muscatine, just a few hundred feet away from Krieger's where the tornado came through with virtually no warning. "So I cam over and looked out and saw the tunnel and debris flying, so then I ran into the car wash and told everyone to take cover," says Pothoff.
The store's surveillance caught the tornado as it tore through the area. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say that this wasn't your typical supercell thunderstorm with a tornado similar to recent storms in Oklahoma.
"Tornadoes that are associated with squall lines similar to what we saw Monday typically develop very fast," says NWS Meteorologist Ray Wolf.
Since the twister was so quick to develop, Muscatine's siren system did not go off.
Muscatine Mayor Dewayne Hopkins says, "We have a state of the art warning system but for some reason, Monday afternoon, between 3 and 3:20 the system didn't work." Mayor Hopkins is holding a special meeting with emergency management and the National Weather Service Friday at 9AM to review what went right, what went wrong, and may work on a backup warning plan.
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