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How tornado warnings are issued

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As we saw on Wednesday severe storms rolled across Region 8 and before long a quick spin-up tornado had developed in southern Craighead County.

Due to the tornado quickly developing, many people are wondering why there wasn't more warning time.

The National Weather Service issues tornado warnings when either a funnel cloud or tornado has been spotted or rotation is detected on Doppler Radar. In some cases like Wednesday afternoon, Doppler Radar didn't pick up on the tornado until it was already on the ground because it literally developed overhead.

National Weather Service meteorologists constantly keep in contact with emergency managers, public officials and the media through NWS Chat to get the latest information about the storms. Even with the best technology that's available today, storm spotters give us ground truth.

It's important to remember that severe thunderstorms can quickly spawn a tornado with little or no warning. So it's important to take severe thunderstorm warnings as serious as tornado warnings.

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