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Why Wasn't a Tornado Warning Issued for Harveyville?

HARVEYVILLE TORNADOHarveyville tornado damage. (AP Photo)The tornado that hit the town of Harveyville Tuesday night ended-up claiming one life.  Authorities say 53-year-old Richard D. Slade died Wednesday night from the injuries he suffered when his home collapsed on him.  The residents of Harveyville had little time to take shelter.  No tornado warnings had been issued and storm sirens never went off.  KPR's J. Schafer tried to find out why.  He spoke with Chad Omitt (OH-mitt), the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.  Omitt says the town WAS under a Tornado *WATCH* at the time the tornado hit.

That's Chad Omitt (OH-mitt) -- the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka.  He was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer.


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The residents of Harveyville had little time to take shelter Tuesday night.  No storm sirens were activated and no tornado warnings were issued before the twister hit.  Chad Omitt is with the National Weather Service in Topeka.

 In addition to the severe thunderstorm warning, Omitt says Harveyville was also under a tornado WATCH before the EF-2 tornado hit.  He says predicting exactly where tornadoes will strike becomes more difficult at night, especially when tornadoes are wrapped inside rain.



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