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Jun 11, 2010 9:52 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Study looks at response to '08 Colorado tornado

A study says a 2008 tornado in northern Colorado shows that the way emergency responders interpret and relay weather warnings is as important as how early they get them.

The study, released Thursday, didn't evaluate the responders' actions. But it said that some were surprised by the unusual path and timing of the tornado.

Most Colorado tornadoes form in the afternoon and move east, but this one formed in the morning and went northwest. It was also stronger than most.

The study says lead times of National Weather Service tornado warnings that day were normal or longer. The study was by Colorado State University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The tornado killed one and caused more than $193 million in damage.

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