‘Destructive’ thunderstorm warning coming to cellphone near you
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
(Gray News) - The National Weather Service is expanding the emergency alerts it issues on mobile phones.
Beginning Aug. 2, the agency will add a “destructive” severe thunderstorm warning category to its alert system, similar to the ones used for tornado and flash flood warnings.
“... Severe Thunderstorms deemed ‘destructive’ will activate a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on smartphones,” the weather service said on Twitter. “Criteria for a destructive threat is at least 2.75 inch diameter hail and/or 80 mph thunderstorm winds.”
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