Tornado warnings delayed during Iowa's deadly storm
Tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service were delayed during Saturday's deadly storms across Iowa, according to the Washington Post.
- Some of them didn't reach Iowans for as long as 7 minutes after they were disseminated.
Why it matters: Every minute counts, especially in a violent storm like the one last weekend, which killed seven people.
State of play: Des Moines NWS staff quickly issued more than a dozen tornado warnings Saturday, but a "technical delay" experienced by NWS offices nationwide led to "2-7 minute" delays for some transmissions.
- Even so, lead times still averaged around 20 minutes, Susan Buchanan, NWS' director of public affairs, told the newspaper.
The Des Moines office issued the first tornado warning at 3:22pm. It was delayed by 2 minutes and 47 seconds.
- At 4:34pm, Des Moines sent out a warning about the large and deadly Winterset tornado. It was delayed by 6 minutes.
The big picture: Significant technical issues have "plagued" the National Weather Service in recent years, Wapo reports.
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