Tornado siren drill brings back memories of 2016 tornadoes and hail storms

Tornado sirens sounded around Lincoln Wednesday morning as part of Severe Weather Preparedness week.

It was just a drill, but a message worth paying attention to.

Lincoln’s been spared over and over again by tornados, but it has happened. Most recently in 2016 when one hit Southeast Lincoln.

Stan Liberty, a Cheney man, told Channel 8 right after it hit “it was the first time in a long time I’ve actually been scared.”

Bob Orosco, who lives in Southeast Lincoln said the storm hit without warning, with no time to prepare.

The tornado dumped softball and grapefruit sized hail on Cheney, the town right off 91st and Highway 2.

“The very first thing I remember is wind came up real hard and all the sudden we started getting softball sized hail,” Jean Rogman, a Cheney resident said.

The 22-year resident of Cheney said she was alone in her home when the sky darkened and the ice chucks started pounding her roof and windows. They broke through both, causing it to rain inside her home.

Her home doesn’t have a basement, and she didn’t have time to get to the storm shelter.

“I grabbed my pillows and put them around me with my cell phone, my handheld phone and my radio on,” Rogman said.

This is exactly the right thing to do if you’re in a tornado warning.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News meteorologist Alden German said when you hear the sirens it means your area is in a tornado warning.

Seek shelter; go to the lowest level or most interior part of the building you’re in.

Cover your head with blankets or pillows.

Bring food and water, and stay as up to date with information as possible. Watch Channel 8 live on the air or online.

“Just protect yourself,” Rogman said. “Do what you can do, we didn’t have a chance to get to our cave but when it comes– and if you know it’s coming, protect yourself.”

If you want to know more about how to prepare and stay safe in the event of a tornado, go to this website.

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