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Tornado Victim "Shocked" Columbia County Doesn't Have More Tornado Sirens

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Sherri Stoney of Martinez, GA says, "I'm shocked, I can't believe that there aren't any inColumbia County."

Sherri Stoney has been living in the Augusta metro area formost of her life.

She also spends time in Jasper, GA, just outside of Atlanta.

And she says tornado sirens saved her life.

"I think it was the middle of January last year it went offand there was a tornado on the road that leads up to our house. We had gone tothe restaurant that was in the neighborhood and the siren went off and we ranback to the house," said Stoney.

Stoney says she didn't have her cell phone and there was noway to know the storm was bearing down on her family.

"I would not have known it if the siren hadn't gone off. Wewould have just been sitting in the restaurant and nobody would have thought anythingabout it," said Stoney.

Someone living in the CSRA Stoney worked with wasn't asfortunate.

"But I did have a client in Edgefield one time who I thinkhis wife was killed in a trailer. It came through and destroyed the trailer andkilled her," said Stoney.

Columbia County, GA doesn't have any tornado sirens exceptfor two within the Grovetown, GA city limits.

The rest of the County relies on Wireless Emergency Alertsthrough cell phones.

"But what if a tornado was to hit Evans Towne Center Parkand the people behind me didn't have their cell phones…would they be safe," said Jason Nappi, meteorologist at WJBF-TV.

Tornadoes don't happen very often so they might not be costeffective.

But Stoney says that when twisters hit it's better to besafe than sorry.

"It happens. Like I said it's not very often, but when itcomes around it's devastating," said Stoney.

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