NWS Ramps Up Tornado Warnings

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Debris litters the front of the Henryville Middle School which received extensive damage from storms that rolled through the area Friday, March 2, 2012, in Henryville, Ind.

The National Weather Service is testing out new tornado warnings, designed to better communicate the dangers of approaching storms in an emergency. The current warning system issues virtually the same warning for any storm, resulting in a “cry wolf” effect that causes many people to ignore warnings no matter how severe the weather. The new warnings will include works like “mass devastation,” “unsurvivable,” and “catastrophic.”