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Non-Season Tornadoes Strike Illinois

One of the several tornadoes that affected Illinois. Picture provided by Google Images.

One of the several tornadoes that affected Illinois. Picture provided by Google Images.

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On November 17, 2013, many areas of Illinois were destroyed when out-of-season tornadoes hit, killing 6 people and injuring many others.

The storms were sparked when winter air from the northeast mixed with unusually warm and moist air in the area. The result was a catastrophic day of events that would ultimately end in tragedy. Assuming this is possible in Maryland, if this event were to happen, how would Patterson Mill prepare for the tornado?

“We practice lockdowns,” said Mr. Macon Tucker. “Teachers would lock the rooms and move away from windows.”

“I would probably panic,” said junior Aaron Smith. “I’d make sure I’m safe and wait for the storm to pass.”

In the case of “fishbowl rooms”, or rooms in the middle of hallways that are surrounded by glass windows, the teachers “have been given designated areas to move to,” said Tucker.

If a strong tornado were to strike Patterson Mill, the results would be devastating. Lots of destruction would be scattered around the building, potentially causing harm to any bystanders who refuse to go to the safe area. To make sure everyone is safe, the school administration would “take attendance” and “make sure they’re not close to a window,” according to Tucker.

“If the teacher is calm, it would also keep the kids calm,” he said.

“I would probably be scared,” said junior Sydney Ditmar. “I would follow the procedures the school has given us.”

In the more common case where Patterson Mill is spared most of the tornado’s damage, the Board of Education would decide how they would manage the rest of the day, according to Tucker.

“I would imagine if there’s no damage in the building, the school would stay open,” he said. “But, their parents would probably take their kids home.”

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