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Mon March 30, 2009
National Weather Service re-writes tornado warnings
By Lisa Autry
Murray, KY – The National Weather Service is re-writing its tornado warnings to convey more urgent danger. A study conducted after last February's deadly storms in Kentucky and Tennessee raised questions abut how seriously people took the warnings and sought shelter. Meteorologist Don Kirkpatrick is with the national weather service office in Louisville.
"When we know that a tornado has been confirmed or we get a report from a spotter that a tornado has touched the ground, we will say that in our warnings instead of saying Doplar Radar has indicated a possible tornado. So, when we have specific data, we will insert that type of data into the warning."
Warnings were issued nearly 20 minutes before the February 2008 tornadoes that killed more than 30 people. Many of the victims were in mobile homes and decided to stay put.