PANA - The National Weather Service Says an EF2 tornado hit the town of Pana yesterday with winds of up to 135 miles per hour. The tornado cut a path equal to two football fields. No one was seriously hurt. Residents expressed concerns the tornado warning sirens never sounded; the only warning some families received came from their weather radios.
"I was backing out of my driveway and my phone beeped, said Pana resident Ron Morell. And I seen the weather, tornado, whatever and I thought well, I'll run back into the garage, come in here and listen to the scanner."
Daniel Bland, the Chief of Police at the Pana Police Department says that he and other emergency responders were in the field tracking the storm but that there was no indication of any danger from the storm within city limits.
Bland said the powerful storm, which produced a category EF-2 tornado, hit south of town, traveling northeast, narrowly missing the city limits by just a few miles.
"Yesterday, we determined based upon intelligence we get from the Christian County Management Agency, along with intel through weather services and the Weather Doppler. We look for reasons when to sound the alarm, when not to sound the alarm. And at the time during the storm, we didn't have the intel to sound the alarm."
Police are looking further into the situation to make sure it doesn't happen again. They advise everyone have a NOAA weather alert radio.
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