Today is the first day of the new Impact Based Warnings System for severe weather. The Science Operations Officer at the National Weather Service Jackson office, Ed Ray, said now warnings will include more information about the dangerous weather.
"This is an attempt to make it more real and to give them the information when we have it available, the extra information," said Ray.
An example of that information is if the storm or tornado is headed towards a heavily populated area or not. Also, words like "catastrophic" will be used to describe the expected damage.
Ray said he thinks the more specific details in these severe weather warnings are going to save more lives.
"It's more real, they'll take more action. It personalizes it for the public," Ray said.
Sky Alert Meteorologist Shane Smith said the new system might prevent people from making the common mistake of being complacent before severe storms.
"I hope they see, for example with that new tornado warning, they see the word "catastrophic" and they're like 'Oh man, this is serious! I need to take action this time," said Smith.
Ray says the Impact Based Warnings System is experimental, and currently only in the central region of the United States. He says if it is successful, it will be used all over the country.
Ray says everyone should buy a National Weather Service Radio, check their batteries, and have a plan in place for storms ahead of time to best protect themselves from severe weather.