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Howard County to get more weather radios

Posted at 9:47 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 21:47:26-05

KOKOMO, Ind. -- A Kokomo couple says they're alive because of a radio that alerted them to a tornado moments before it hit.

Dave and Debbie Kauble were inside their home when they heard the tornado warning.

"The home was destroyed by a tornado," Debbie said. "If it wasn't for the weather radio, I'd be dead. There's no if's, hand's or but's about it."

The couple says they had a two minute warning before the tornado roared through their home.

"It landed on top of us and sat there for three minutes," Dave Kauble said. "I was in the closet and my reaction was, 'We're running out of house.'"

The Kauble's home was reduced to rubble and took 10 months to rebuild.

There are no early warning sirens in Kokomo – which has given away weather radios to homeowners at reduced costs. Grants helped pay for others that have been given away to mobile home residents and nursing homes. Indiana Homeland Security is now chipping in 75 out of 4,800 that will be distributed to all 92 Indiana counties.

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