Severe weather warnings to get more detailed
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 07:32 PM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This spring, you can expect severe weather warnings to be much more specific.
The National Weather Service is testing a new system in several states, including Michigan.
In the future, there will be a tiered warning system.
First--the most common type--similar to what is used now, will indicate when a tornado is possible, based on radar and conditions.
When there is evidence of a large or dangerous tornado, it will include more specific language of potential hazards, including loss of life and damage to property.
That could be issued as a tornado emergency and describe specific damage possibilities, such as homes lifted off foundations or downed trees.
The National Weather Service is also hoping to take advantage of the increase in smartphone and mobile devices to deliver more detailed warnings in severe weather situations.