New Destructive Severe Thunderstorm Warning category to trigger Emergency Alerts on mobile phones
Severe thunderstorms can be life-threatening, but not all severe storms are the same. Hazardous conditions range from tornadoes, large hail storms, and widespread straight-line winds called derechoes, to cloud-to-ground lightning and flash flooding.
The National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail and have added a “damage threat” tag to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, similar to our Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings.
“Destructive” and “Considerable” Damage Threat Categories
They developed three categories of damage threat for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. The categories, in order of highest to lowest damage threat, are destructive, considerable, and base. These tags and additional messaging are designed to promote immediate action, based on the threats. . .