(Des Moines) The EF2 tornado that ripped through the northwest edge of Creston Saturday came without warning, and many residents are wondering why?
Jeff Johnson is with the National Weather Service in Des Moines explains, “There was not an official tornado warning in effect in Creston when the tornado hit. However, there was a strongly worded severe thunderstorm warning out which had verbage like ‘take cover now’ and things like that, but it was a severe thunderstorm warning and not a tornado warning.”
Johnson says the tornado didn’t show up on radar basically because it was hidden.
“Radar signatures were tardy and the event was actually rain-wrapped, so we had no spotter reports what-so-ever because of the fact; A: it probably started right in the area because our survey showed that yesterday and then B: the whole system was rain-wrapped so it was difficult to nearly impossible to spot that. In fact, we never actually had, in my recollection, a visual confirmation of that tornado,” said Johnson.
Johnson says residents under a severe thunderstorm warning should never take that lightly, “Especially in this kind of scenario where we had a tornado watch in effect and this was a well advertised high-end severe weather potential day. We had been honestly talking about it for days, the severe weather potential across the entire central United States, and anytime you have that set up with a tornado watch definitely take those severe thunderstorm warnings seriously.”
Johnson says he relieved that no one was killed during this event and his thoughts and prayers go out to all the people that were affected by the tornado.
April 16, 2012