This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 at 2:45 a.m. EDT shows a cluster of clouds off the Southeast Coast associated with Subtropical Storm Gabrielle. The storm is expected to make landfall Ssunday evening as a tropical storm. A long line of clouds stretching from the Southern Plains to the Northeast is a associated with a frontal system moving through the region. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
The National Weather Service is changing the way it issues severe weather warnings. On October 1st they will unveil alerts that aimed at a specific community, instead of an entire county.
The system is known as Storm–Based Warnings and in the beginning stages it will focus on warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, floods and marine hazards. Under the new system, residents in the path of specific storms will get warnings based on times of impact.
The area under the warning will show up on radar maps as highlighted symbols and in written warnings specific landmarks will be noted. The system will make it easier to get warnings via handheld devices and cell phones.