WeatherWise Kids: How Much Warning For A Tornado?

Well as we know a tornado is violently rotating wind extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. Twisters can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards with winds up to 300 mph. They can touchdown for a few seconds, or last well over an hour. Most tornadoes, however, are on the ground for less than 10 minutes. Now if a tornado has been spotted, or is capable of dropping from the sky at any moment, the National Weather Service will issue a tornado warning to keep those in the path of the storm safe.

30 years ago the average warning time was less than five minutes. It didn’t give people much time to react and prepare! Now, thanks to advancements in technology and communication, we’ve tripled warning time between 12-15 minutes. In fact in some situations, people are aware of the potential for severe weather several days in advance.

Although the National Weather Service has made significant progress over the years with warning people about tornadoes on rare occasions they can be hard to detect, which happened last week on Fort Stewart.

Overall the National Weather Service does a great job issuing tornado warnings with accurate, up the minute information. It’s there job, along with Storm Team 3’s, to protect your family and keep you safe.

WSAV Meteorologist Matt Devitt

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