It was common--and still is today--to have to take cover several times a week and wait out "potential tornado" conditions. Spring cook-outs, kids' ball games, supper on the stove, etc. were constantly being interrupted. People become annoyed and wait 'til the last minute to be certain a tornado actually develops. Sitting in a shelter for an hour or two can be annoying. Instead of being thankful "it didn't hit", we grumble about being interrupted.
Now , with great forecasting technology, we wait until the very last second to go to safety. So the technology has lulled some into a false sense of security.
I admit to being guilty of that and only because I was extremely lucky can I tell about it. In '09, I was standing on my porch, sniffing the air like a dog to be sure one was coming, when the porch roof went off and half my shop roof blew off in less than a second. That was an F1. Had it been an F2, you wouldn't know this story.
Edited by Toolpartzman, March 04, 2012 - 06:48 AM.