A lesson in tornadoes’ wake: Warnings work, but human response is key

Posted on AllSides December 14th, 2021
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tornadoes, disasters
Gerald Herbert/AP

Rare and unusually strong December tornadoes in Kentucky have put a focus on safety. Warning systems have improved greatly in recent years – partly due to heart-to-heart clarity in language.

As huge air masses began to collide last week over the central United States, Michael York, a veteran meteorologist, focused on the data swirling in front of him.

His face lit by screens at a cookie-cutter National Weather Service office in Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. York began sending out alerts midweek about the gathering of a powerful storm.

Finally, as the...

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