Revamped Tornado Warnings Aim To Scare

By: AP
By: AP

The National Weather Service is kicking off an experiment next week with a new kind of tornado warning that's aimed to scare people into seeking shelter.

Weather service officials say studies after deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., last year found that most people didn't heed the initial warnings about the oncoming storms.

They also say people in tornado-prone areas have become desensitized by frequent false alarms and don't always pay attention to the first warnings.

And so, offices in Missouri and Kansas will start sending out "impact-based" warnings during severe weather that describe how much damage a storm could cause.

Among the messages in the new warnings: "COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS IS LIKELY" and "MASS DEVASTATION IS HIGHLY LIKELY MAKING THE AREA UNRECOGNIZABLE TO SURVIVORS."


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  • by antone Location: usa on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:52 AM
    Sign a petition at Change.org for the "responsible" insurance industry to provide crucial information and policyholder rights (yes, they do exist) to all policyholders as a matter of course. Disaster survivors lack these basic rights and vital information in their time of need, when they are most vulnerable. We should all realize hidden jeopardy awaits. www.disasterprepared.net
  • by @Steve on Apr 1, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    Have you gotten a little off topic there little boy?
  • by Steve Location: C.S. on Apr 1, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    It wasn’t the KoolAid. It was a mass murder and cover-up by the CIA and Jim Jones was just a pawn. Check out way the bodies were lined up evenly in rows. Cyanide poisoning is a horrible death, and the bodies weren’t contorted, as would be the case if they had died from cyanide poisoning. I know the reference to KoolAid has become ingrained in our culture and it’s a figure of speech, but it is based on falsehoods.
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      by john on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM in reply to Steve
      you must be an idiot, every thing in the world isn't a CIA or goverment cover up, the nut forced many people to drink the poison and the ones who wouldnt drink it they shot them in the head, men, women and children alike, i have seen the results oc cyanide poisoning and ppl rarely ever are in whagt you describe as contorted remember the nut who had his followers just a few years ago drink the same sort of thing, not one of them were ( contorted ) they were all in their beds covered up looking very peaceful, jim jones was no pawn he was a mass murderer and if you think any diffrent then your as nuts as the ones who drank the koolaid voluntarily
  • by @Sara on Apr 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM
    Step away from the Kool-Aid. The wording you quoted from those websites is identical to what KKTV wrote. All you did was add more.
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      by john on Apr 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM in reply to @Sara
      i bet he has it figured out,>>> lee harvey oswald was a pawn, he actually strangled marlyin monroe, ran out waited a while killed jkf then slipped out to jim jones spot and conspired with the cia and killed everyone there and then said jim made em all drink the kool aid, he then faked his own death when jack ruby shot him he then waited around 50 years snuck in to ththe wtc wired it up and blew it up, i wonder what oswald is up to next ? maybe he will fly a mig fighter to iran blow up there nuclear facility then parachute out and go hang with db cooper
  • by Sara Location: CS on Mar 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    This story has the issue way blow out of proportion, found the source and it has None of the silly text that this article and others contain. I.E. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WITH COMPLETE DEVASTATION LIKELY. ... SEEK SHELTER NOW! ... MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WILL OFFER NO SHELTER FROM THIS TORNADO - ABANDON THEM IMMEDIATELY." COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS IS LIKELY" and "MASS DEVASTATION IS HIGHLY LIKELY MAKING THE AREA UNRECOGNIZABLE TO SURVIVORS." The actual system just explains what the warnings mean and adds a tag to the bottom of Weather Warnings. The added tags read, Tornado damage threat Significant, Tornado Damage Threat Catastrophic, and Tornado Possible. check out http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/ Impact based warning pilot project link on the top of the page. or direct link to the video, http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/eax/web/IBW_Video.wmv info is around the 1:50 mark.
  • by Sara Location: CS on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:32 PM
    Tell me this is from the Onion. Or don't, i would like to have some faith in Humanity left.
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