When the Tornado Warning Process Works

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Areal damage of Moore, OK, EF5 tornado of May 2013. (AP)

After every tragic weather event, there are lessons to be learned on how to make the weather warning process better so that more lives are saved.  The Moore, OK, EF5 was a massive storm which overwhelmed many homes, businesses and roadways putting thousands of people at high risk for death and injury.  Making sure tornado warnings are issued accurately and in time for people to seek shelter is of utmost importance.  Also, the warnings must be heard and clearly understood to make them effective.   Considering the number of people in the path of this monstrous tornado, the death rate, while tragic in it’s own right (1 death is too many), was much lower than what occurred in the last EF-5 two years ago.  Mike Smith, the author of When the Sirens Were Silent, compares the warning process in the Moore, Oklahoma, EF-5 versus the Joplin, Missouri, EF-5 of May 2011, in which 161 people lost their lives.  Read his analysis HERE.

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