NWS changes weather alerts to focus on communities, not counties

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The National Weather Service is changing the focus of its severe weather warnings, aiming them at specific communities rather than county lines.

The new system will go into effect October 1st. Using radar and computer modeling programs, the system is meant to predict the moment a storm will hit a community or even a certain crossroads. It will initially be limited to warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods and marine hazards. Later, it will be expanded to include other threats like extreme heat.

Dave Tucek coordinates severe weather warning in the weather service's Indianapolis office, and he says the new warnings have worked well during trials in Indiana.

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