GREEN BAY -- Thursday the National Weather Service confirmed a total of five tornadoes touched down in our area Wednesday, but only one tornado warning was issued. That one was for Northern Manitowoc County.
Those with the National Weather Service say Wednesday morning's storm was a very fast moving storm making it extremely difficult to predict.
And turns out, that trickled down to the local warning systems, particularly sirens.
We now know tornados are responsible for devastation from New London to the Maribel.
Despite the trail of debris, surprisingly there was little warning.
"The sirens were not sounded," said Outagamie County Emergency Management Director Julie Loeffelholz.
Those with Outagamie County Emergency Management say it had to do with the warning system.
"It has been the practice and policy of Outagamie County in the past if in fact the National Weather Service issue a tornado warning, the sirens would be sounded," explained Loeffelholz.
But if you remember, Outagamie County sounded its sirens during a storm just last month without any warnings from the National Weather Service.
Loeffelholz says trained weather spotters located funnel clouds during that storm. And she says that just wasn't the case this time around.
"Back in July we did have many confirmed reports of funnel clouds and significant danger to resident," Loeffelholz said. "And despite the fact the weather was forecast to be bad the other night, the indications were just not there that there was going to be a tornado."
"These storms were moving at 60 to 70 miles per hour, perhaps even a bit faster than that at times," explained Jeff Last with the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday's storms were unusual, making it difficult to issue warnings.
"The severe thunderstorm warnings were issued ahead of the storm, we saw that coming," Last explained. "The speed at which the tornados formed was quite unusual as they were moving up to 70 mph."
Last says with storms like these, there are always lessons to be learned.
"After every severe weather event, we review the radar, the damage survey information, the data, so we can enhance our forecast abilities and our warning abilities," Last said.
Luckily no one was seriously hurt in these storms. And while sirens can be helpful, Last doesn't recommend relying solely on them for weather alerts.
He says weather radios are much more reliable.
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