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October 20, 2014, 5:47 pm
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Expanded Weather Warnings To Be In Use This Spring

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings may sound a little different this spring. 


The National Weather Service is expanding a pilot program to put more specific information about potential storm damage into the warnings. 


Under the new system... known as "Impact Based Warnings"... a severe weather alert will include one of three different types of warnings: that tornado damage is possible but the storm will be short-lived; that serious damage is expected from a long-lived storm track; or that "catastrophic" damage to life and property is expected from a long-track storm.  The last category is extremely rare, happening only 8 times in Central Illinois since 1950.

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