Two Year Anniversary of Columbus Tornado

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, ALABAMA (WTVM) - Russell County EMA director William Alexander is preparing for what could be another round of severe weather in the area.

Part of that preparation is planning for the worst.

"It's imperative that each home have a plan and rehearse that plan in the event that threat approaches and in the event of a tornado. It's very important that the family knows where to go, how to get there, and to be prepared for that kind of weather," Alexander said.

March 1st, 2007 is one example of why severe weather safety should be a priority to everyone.

It started early in the morning.

"As early as four o'clock in the morning, we knew we had a high risk of severe weather. That is usually not put out by the National Weather Service but maybe once or twice a year...and we were underneath a high risk on March 1st," WTVM meteorologist Bruce Lee said.

By the end of the day, tornadoes had touched down in both Alabama and Georgia, including a twister that tattered parts of North Columbus.

As the two year anniversary of the storm approaches, emergency management officials and meteorologists are reminding citizens about the unpredictable nature of these storms...not to scare people, but make them aware.

"That's why we go over these severe weather awareness weeks, whether you're in a school, whether you're in the mall, church, your home, any building, or if you're driving, here are the tips on what and what not to do," Lee said.