Flood Warnings In Effect For Parts Of...

Flood Warnings In Effect For Parts Of Iowa

There are 3 comments on the WHOtv story from Jul 23, 2010, titled Flood Warnings In Effect For Parts Of Iowa. In it, WHOtv reports that:

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for much of northern Iowa as thunderstorms continue to pelt the state.

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Moline, IL

#1 Jul 23, 2010
Why did it take KCCI and WHO a full 5 minutes longer than WOI to report the tornado warning outside of Indianola?

Des Moines, IA

#2 Jul 23, 2010

Moline, IL

#3 Jul 24, 2010
I generally prefer WHO for my news, but a 5-minute gap between an alert being isued by the weather service and it being reported could cost lives.

I was watching cable when the alert came over, so I switched straight to the local channels to see what was going on. All that 13 and 8 were reporting were flood warnings/watches at the bottom of the screen, but 5 had broken into programming to talk about the tornado warning (although the guy did say he doubted there was really a tornado, which is dangerous as well!)

Then to make things even fudgier, Ed Wilson talked about how there hadn't been any visual confirmation of an actual tornado at the same time channel 8 was showing live webcam video of the funnel cloud + debris field.

To my eyes, all three stations blew it completely. Channel 5 by downplaying the significance of the warning without reason, Channel 8 by not alerting the public as soon as the warning was issued, and channel 13 by not giving immediate notice and implying it was 'only' a radar-indicated tornado and not a 'real' one.

I hope all 3 get their acts together so no one is killed by their negligence next time.

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