National Weather Service making changes to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings

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Listeners to 95.3 MNC can expect more detailed Emergency Alert System activations when the National Weather Service issues alerts for severe thunderstorms.

The change begins Aug. 2.

The National Weather Service says the new “damage threat” information will make severe thunderstorm warnings more similar to its tornado and flash flood warnings.

READ MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE CHANGES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

There will be three categories of damage threat for severe thunderstorm warnings. The baseline for such warnings remains unchanged with the potential for hail or winds of 58mph or greater.

The new second tier warning pertains to a “considerable” damage threat with hail the size of golf balls and winds of 70 mph.

The threat of damage will also begin to trigger wireless emergency alerts on mobile devices when the second or third tier of damage is considered possible.

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