PRODUCT:  Tornado Warning (TOR)

REFERENCE: WSOM Chapter C-40, Section 7.4

ISSUED BY:  All Warning Offices

PURPOSE:  The TOR is an urgent notification that a tornado is imminent or occurring in the warned area.  It is used to notify local media (through EAS activation), government agencies, and the public of the increased threat to life and property.

CHANGES:  Recent programmatic changes to WSOM C-40 have had no significant impact on the TOR or its purpose.

COMMENTS: As indicated above, the TOR should be issued when a tornado is occurring or expected to occur.  Besides the required communications and MND header information, TORs shall contain the name of the issuing office, the valid time of the warning, and the affected county (or portion).  TORs should also contain the location of the storm (with a reference time), the tornado’s movement, its position with respect to well-known cities, and a short list of communities near the storm’s projected path.  A call-to-action statement should also appear in the warning.  The warning should appear in the “bulletized” format as depicted in OML 1-98.

CONTACT:  Larry Vannozzi, W/SR1x4, (817) 978-2652 x 106

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Last updated September 14, 2000
Dianna Taylor