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CR Residents Say Too Many Alerts

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Mothers day means plans with the family, but tornado warnings in Eastern Iowa might make it dangerous to celebrate with Mom.

A little water never hurt anyone, but when that water brings a tornado, it can get dangerous fast.

"I mean you just have to use your head, I guess, said Cedar Rapids resident Mary Kay McGrath. Be cautious, be aware."

But with so many storms and the warnings that go with them, some say it all becomes background noise.

"The sirens will go off and I'm one that will look outside like, 'Really? Really, what are you saying today? No, there's no tornado today.' So I just kind of brush them off, said Cedar Rapids 21-year old Dawn Hagerman.

James LeBoeuf moved to Iowa in December from Wisconsin, where he also heard severe weather warnings all the time.

"It means just keep an eye out and that's basically it, said LeBoeuf

We found him while he was picking up tools for work he wants to do when the weather gets nicer, and that it wont change any of his plans regardless of how bad the storm gets.

Dawn has lived her whole life in Cedar Rapids.

"I've seen a lot of things happen, I've seen the flood, I've seen tornadoes and all that stuff, said Hagerman. I've seen it happen before but it doesn't necessarily make me think that it's going to happen all the time."

She says even two deaths in eastern Iowa from the tornado that touched down two weeks ago still might not convince people to take the storm as seriously as they should.

"After so many warnings and false alarms people begin to brush them off and then they don't take the precautions they need when they need to, said Hagerman.

That could mean turning what might just be a bad storm into a potential tragedy.
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