Tornado or virus? Pandemic means tough sheltering decisions

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) — Each day brings the United States closer to peak severe weather season, and Tornado Alley residents are faced with a question: Is it better to take on a twister outside a community shelter or to face the possibility of contracting the new coronavirus inside one?

Tornado-prone states including Alabama and Kansas are recommending that people go into shelters if dangerous weather is approaching.

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Hundreds of people filled shelters in the Tennessee Valley during a weather threat last month. But some say they’d rather take their chances with a twister than COVID-19.

The dilemma could get worse if the virus is still a threat when hurricane season starts June 1.