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Plains residents were warned about tornadoes ahead of timePosted On Wed, May 12, 2010
Close to twenty tornadoes hit Kansas and Oklahoma on Monday, and forecasters warned residents about them days before the storms hit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The forecasters told residents that the tornadoes would be large and forceful. They also predicted close to the exact time when they storms ended up striking, the Journal-Constitution said. This is all due to advances in technology that allow meteorologists to tell when storms will hit.
Tornado forecasting has come a long way in 20 years, the Journal-Constitution said. Storms could only be predicted a couple of days in advance during the 1980s, as compared to a week in the present day.
Even though warnings were given, not everyone evacuated the areas. Dick Elder, chief meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, told the Journal-Constitution that "what is disheartening is to tell people for a week that something is going to happen, get warnings out, and still have people lose their lives." Two people were killed and dozens injured as a result of the tornadoes.
Tornadoes are more frequently found in this country than in to other parts of the world, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
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