Forecasters have dialed up their warning language and want to be taken more seriously when forecasting bad storms. Life threatening storms could be heading into familiar land.

Forecasters are predicting a big weather weekend in the center U.S., right in the heart of tornado alley. The threat of tornadoes is strong today with damaging winds and hail slated for tomorrow.

 

More than a dozen injuries have been recorded as the first of possibly many tornadoes has touched ground in Norman, Oklahoma. The region predicted to have the most extreme threat today includes but is not limited to: Norfolk, Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City, Wichita, Oklahoma City and Abilene.

5 Million Americans have been warned to brace themselves for the worst storms we've seen this year, in fact this kind of warning has only been issued now twice in the last decade. And that warning was just a couple of weeks away from one year ago. (April 27, 2011) Over 300 hundred were killed and 11 billion in damages and loses were logged.

In an interview on ABC Friday, meteorologists say that the technology and science is getting improving in predicting these storms. But warning's will only work if people listen to them; a main reason for the stronger language used in the warning's themselves. Understandably, in the heart of 'tornado-land', warning's have become so routine that their impact is hardly felt. So now you warnings can and will be quite blunt. Some warnings may goes as far to warn that people will die, take extreme caution and get into a tornado shelter.

Why did D title a tornado story hug your mother-in-law? I have many friends with family in the heart of the warning area, including my mother-in-law. Mother-in-laws have been the butt of many comedian(s) jokes since the beginning of time, but this mother-in-law is one I hold very dearly. She is a bright light in my life. My mother-in-law makes me laugh and has always made me feel loved. Recently she spent 10 days at our house, the longest visit yet and the most insightful and loving visit I have ever had with her. I cherish my time with her and pray for her continued safety in Lincoln, Nebraska. Be safe mom, I love you!

If you have family in the affected areas, I will also think good thoughts for your family and know that I know the anxieties that come along with being so far away in serious weather situations as they/we face today.  Our families are our strength, may they be protected.

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