WICHITA, Kan. (WWLP-KSN) - One of the most important roles that broadcasters have is to provide life-saving information in the event of emergencies. Sometimes, though, emergencies can happen to news crews themselves.
That is exactly what happened at 22News' sister station KSN-TV in Wichita, Kansas over the weekend.
Meteorologists and other employees at KSN had to take cover on Sunday afternoon, when an EF-1 tornado came through the city's southwestern corner.
The crew at KSN stayed on the air and continued to provide information on the dangerous storm system from their safer location.
The tornado spared the station and Wichita the worst, seriously damaging a total of three homes and causing damage to trees, power lines, and grain silos. It was much weaker than other tornadoes this weekend, which caused widespread damage and one death in nearby Oklahoma.
Most residents in places like Kansas and Oklahoma know where they need to be if a tornado warning is issued. Still, as we saw in June of 2011, tornadoes do happen in western Massachusetts, and it's important to know what to do if one is headed your way.
Here are some tips:
- The lower you are and the deeper you are inside your home, the better.
- Staying away from windows and even getting in a basement is preferred.
- If you have time, you're better off leaving your car or mobile home in search of sturdy shelter.