After a wave of high-powered, erratic tornadoes swept through Indiana and Ohio and six other states Monday, tornado season remains deadly and alive.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center showed that 14 suspected tornadoes touched down in Indiana, 11 in Colorado and nine in Ohio. Six were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois, three in Minnesota, and one in Idaho. By the end of the night, at least one person was dead and 90 injured.

The tornadoes that swept through Ohio, were packed closely together, with one crossing through the path of another just 40 or less minutes apart.

This year’s tornado season in Alabama, which is typically at its most ferocious in April through early June, has been active above average. In March, Lee County was devastated by an EF4 tornado.

Nationally, 145 tornadoes were documented in March, followed by 277 tornadoes in April.

As Cullman County Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little has noted, tornado season never ends in Alabama.

Although rainfall has been almost non-existent around here during the past two weeks, by high summer, a regular pattern of afternoon thunderstorms develop, and the risk of tornadoes diminishes, but never completely.

With several weeks of the peak season remaining, Little’s constant advice for families to purchase weather radios and remain weather alert should be heeded. EMA keeps a list of storm shelters online for whenever a tornado watch is issued.

Summer is soon to bring some relief from the threat of tornadoes, but until such time, keep an eye on the weather.

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