It’s as if they could predict the future. Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lincoln, says the weather experts were calling for Sunday’s severe weather up to four days in advance. The actual notice for the deadly tornado was 16 minutes, Miller says. “Our average lead time for tornadoes is around 13 minutes, so we exceeded that,” he says. What’s more, the storm which created the tornado was already going about twice what Miller and his crew normally see.
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He adds that church services, brunch, and other activities had people outside of home when the tornado hit Sunday. Miller credits the technological advances of smartphones and other means by which people can be notified of severe weather. A few years ago, that didn't exist. At least 15 tornadoes hit the state Sunday. Six people died, and about 900 homes were destroyed or badly damaged.