The tornadoes that raked through the Plains and southern states have been devastating - and deadly.
A lot of lives were lost the past week, and it could have been worse.
Two factors likely saved thousands of lives:
* The advances in predicting such deadly tornadoes and given people more time to react.
* Community warning systems, often simple sirens.
Just suppose a major tornado touched down locally. There have been pretty serious twisters in the past that have caused significant damages, such as in Walker Township and Berlinsville about 15 to 20 years ago.