The following article is from Cherokee County Emergency Management’s Facebook with photos courtesy of The Cherokee Scout
On April the 3rd, 1974 an EF4 tornado ripped through our quite little town of Murphy. The tornado left total destruction behind. Four people lost their lives in that horrific storm and more than thirty people were injured. More than 100 families were left without a place to call home. No storm of this magnitude had ever come through Cherokee County. The hardest hit areas of the storm were around the Notla River up old 64 and Bealtown. All of these areas were heavily populated with people and their homes.
Just as a reminder that we are entering into Severe Weather season and Emergency Management wanted to remind everyone of a few vital information tips on severe weather. The most important tool in knowing what to expect is to know the difference in a WATCH and a WARNING.
Watch defines an area shaped like a parallelogram, where tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather are possible in the next several hours. It does not mean tornadoes are imminent, just that you need to be alert.
Warning means that a tornado has been spotted, or that Doppler radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation which can spawn a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued for your town or county, take immediate safety precautions.
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