Woman claims shelter locked her out during Friday storms

A woman says a tornado shelter locked her out on Friday night.

Kim Osbourne says she, her two children, and their father drove to the shelter in Valley Head. She claims when they arrived, they found it locked.

The Emergency Management Agency has established rules as to when the shelters must open. It says municipalities run the shelters, and they only open under certain conditions. The EMA says the situation had not reached the tipping point at that time.

DeKalb County EMA deputy director Miachel Posey says a tornado watch automatically opens the shelters. He tells WAFF-TV that at this particular juncture, the area had just a severe thunderstorm watch.

Additionally, Posey says municipalities can open shelters at any time they see fit, but only a tornado watch mandates them opening.