I used to live just up the road from you in Newburgh, NY! I moved to Huntsville about 30 years ago and have never left. Yes, there is something of a history of tornadoes in the South-East, but in reality we are now seeing tornadoes all across the country. If you pay attention to the weather, and take reasonable precautions, you and your family will be fine. I can tell you this, I sure don't miss the NY winters. I remember leaving my job in Newburgh one evening in the winter of 1978 when a blizzard hit. Even though the roads were passable when I left, by the time I got near my house I had to abandon my car in a snow drift and hike the rest of the way home. I enjoy Huntsville and never ceased to be amazed by the diversity of opportunities and the positive economic conditions here. It's a great place to live.