New research suggests that the region known as ‘Tornado Alley’ has moved from the Great Plains to the Southeast.

According to a recent study, Tornado Alley has moved from its traditional location and is now closer to North Carolina, primarily situated in the Midwest and Southeast regions.

According to Dr. Tim Coleman, the lead researcher, Tornado Alley was once confined to the Great Plains region, covering states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. However, this was only the case until the 1980s.

According to Dr. Coleman’s research, the Great Plains experienced the highest frequency of tornadoes between the years 1951-1985. However, in recent times, from 1986-2020, states such as Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky have witnessed a surge in tornadoes.

Dr. Coleman stated that the reason for this occurrence is still uncertain. However, he suggested that it could be associated with climate change.

According to him, the frequency of tornadoes in North Carolina has remained relatively consistent over the years. However, he believes that there is a chance for Tornado Alley to move towards the eastern region in the future.

According to him, it’s crucial to acknowledge that tornadoes are distinct from hurricanes.

According to Dr. Coleman, tornadoes are distinct from hurricanes in that evacuating the area is not a viable option. “You can’t just pack up and go because there simply isn’t enough time,” he explained.

According to the study, tornadoes are now more frequent during the colder seasons. Although their intensity and magnitude have not increased, the damage they cause has worsened over time.

According to Dr. Coleman, the damage caused by tornadoes has increased over time due to the rise in population, particularly in the Southeast. He further explains that what used to be significant tornado damage limited to trees, now affects subdivisions, neighborhoods, and businesses.

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According to David McIntire, the Director of Brunswick County Emergency Management, Brunswick County EMS is well-equipped and ready to handle any incoming tornadoes. This is especially true after the unfortunate incident of the Ocean Ridge Plantation tornado in 2021, where they have learned valuable lessons that have helped them prepare even better.

According to McIntire, the people in Southeastern NC are becoming more aware of their vulnerability to tornadoes. The recent tornado served as a wake-up call for everyone, as it made them realize that they are susceptible to such natural disasters. The EF-3 tornado that struck the area in 2021 was initially just a small red dot on the system, but it quickly intensified and became a major threat within a matter of minutes.

Educating the public is one of McIntire’s primary concerns regarding tornadoes, particularly if they become more prevalent in the region. He believes this is crucial since people are not accustomed to such events.

McIntire emphasized the importance of educating the public on distinguishing between tornado watches and warnings, and knowing the appropriate actions to take when faced with a warning. The focus, both currently and in the future, is on preparedness and educating individuals on how to stay safe during severe weather conditions.

According to Dr. Coleman, at the moment, individuals residing on the coast are facing more significant dangers than tornadoes.

Dr. Coleman expressed his concern about the upcoming hurricane season, stating that it seems to be very active for his area and the Gulf Coast, where he resides in Alabama. He emphasized that he is currently more worried about this potential natural disaster.

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