Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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Tuscaloosa, Hackleburg, Joplin, Missouri and many other cities. They've all seen, firsthand, the fury of a tornado. Hundreds have been killed. Thousands have been injured, and many are asking where they should go if a tornado touches down in their neighborhood.
Home is more than a roof and four walls. It's a place of refuge from the outside world. When the peaceful winds of spring become violent, your home is your protection against the storm.
Inside every home there are specific places that give you and your family the best chance of surviving thunderstorm winds and tornadoes. It's called your safe place.
You've probably heard meteorologists talk about them before, but what exactly makes a safe place, well, safe?
Dwight Leary, a licensed home inspector and home builder, took Doppler 12 StormVision meteorologist Josh Johnson on a tour of a home in the River Region to show viewers where to go when tornadoes threaten.
Wendi Payton of Prattville knows all about tornadoes. During the Prattville tornado of 2008, Wendi, her husband and their triplets, found themselves directly in the path of the twister.
"We heard windows busting," Payton recalls. "We heard the roof tearing off, the awning peeling off the back of the house." She says when she opened the door, it was a disaster.
Wendi and her family huddled in a small bathroom in their house, but it's the hallway in the master bedroom that is probably the best place in their home to ride out the storms. Why? The water heater.
When picking a safe place, your water heater's location should factor into the decision. You don't want to get too close to it. If it's damaged, it could scald you and your family. For the Payton family, that tank is in the attic, over their heads and near the bathroom. Not a good place to be.
Angela Stephens lives in Eclectic. Her home was narrowly missed by the Lake Martin tornado on April 27.
At Angela's home we looked at all the rooms including the living room and the bathroom. There are too many windows in her living room to make it safe. There are two strikes against using Ms. Stephens' bathroom as a safe area. Leary says the bathroom is on an outerwall and has a window.
After ruling out the rest of the house, we find the safe place. Angela's family is best protected in an inner, small hallway in the home.
If you live in a site-built house and tornado warnings are issued for your county, go to the lowest floor of your home. If that's a basement, great! If you don't have a basement, find a small room in the center of the house - bathrooms, hallways and closets work best.
Avoid exterior walls at all costs.
Mobile homes are one of the worst places to be during a tornado. If you live in one, plan ahead. Hours before the weather gets bad, plan to go visit a family member or friend who lives in a site-built house. If that's not an option, call your local EMA and ask if they have any community shelters open.
If a tornado warning is issued and you have no other options, abandon the mobile home and go lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area. In 99 percent of tornadoes, these "safe places" will keep your family safe and sound. The strongest 1 percent of tornadoes - the EF4 and 5s – require more protection.
If you're constructing a new home, ask your builder to reinforce the structure with hurricane straps and ask for the walls to be bolted to the foundation.
After seeing the destruction in Alabama in April, Wendi isn't taking any chances with her family.
Invest in a weather radio, so that you'll have a way of hearing warnings.
Make sure everyone in your home knows where to go when tornadoes threaten.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>