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Terrible Tuesday: A Teaching Lesson For Texoma's Youth

Wichita Falls, TX- It's been 36 years since the 1979 tornado ripped through North Texas, devastating much of the Newschannel 6 viewing area. 

We talked with Skywarn 6 meteorologist John Cameron about that day and the importance of Texoma's youth being informed and aware during severe weather season.  

"I'd heard accounts of stories of people who tried to drive through Wichita Falls after the tornado and they got lost because they simply couldn't recognize the city," said Meteorologist John Cameron.  

The tragic day was April 10, 1979, known as 'Terrible Tuesday,' when an E-4 tornado ripped through four counties in North Texas killing 42 people. It's an experience that has forever scarred many Texomans. For those who lived through it, its a day they recall when sharing stories with the younger generation. 

"We have a generation of Texomans who've only seen pictures from their parents or their grandparents and haven't had a first hand account or an experience of a devastating tornado," said Meteorologist John Cameron.

A concern Skywarn 6 Metereogist John Cameron has for younger Texomans that rely heavily on technology for day-to-day travel and communication. 

"In this era of GPS, we kind of lose track of where we are on the map. Some people may not know what county they're in," said Meteorologist John Cameron. 

During severe weather, John said there may be times where you can leave harms way or may have to shelter in place. However, he said before you make a decision you have to be informed and aware of your surroundings.

"It's most important to know where you are, know where the weather is and know where that weather is going," said Meteorologist John Cameron. 

Some advice that may just come handy whenever severe weather comes your way.         

"Typically, during the spring time it's going to be late afternoon into the evening, but we've had tornadoes occur overnight, we had tornadoes to occur in the morning here in Texoma," said said Meteorologist John Cameron. "So you can't let your guard down."

The National Weather Service said one of the worst places to be during a tornado is inside of your vehicle. If you are, you have one of two options; stay in your vehicle, make sure your seat belt is buckled, put your head down below the windows, and cover with your hands and a blanket. If you can safely exit your vehicle safely, find a deep ditch lower than highway, lie there and cover your head.  

The safest place to be during a tornado is an underground shelter, basement or safe room. If none is available, the next safest spot is a small windowless interior room or hallway on the first floor of a sturdy building.  

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 

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