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Tri-State officials begin prepping for severe weather

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Even though winter weather is still in the forecast, the focus will soon shift to springtime tornadoes.

Weather leaders, including 14 First Alert Meteorologist Jeff Lyons, met in Madisonville Friday to discuss severe weather preparedness.

Local EMA leaders, the National Weather Service, and school officials also met in Madisonville to prepare for the tri-State's peak severe weather season - mainly the months of April and May.

EMA officials say they have seen a jump in tornado deaths in our region.

"We've had 52 tornado fatalities in our region in the last couple of decades," said Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service. "All of those have occurred in the late 1990's so we have seen an upswing in stronger tornadoes in our region."

Officials told 14 News the tri-state area is doing well so far in preparing for the severe storms.

This area per capita has the highest weather radio ownership of anywhere in the nation.

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