The National Weather Service plans to make its severe weather warnings more specific, to give the public a more accurate understanding of different threats.
Forecasters had been concerned that people have been desensitized by the previous, more general system.
WOOD TV reports that particularly strong tornados, for instance, could now be described as considerable or catastrophic. Events that fall in those categories are rare in West Michigan.
Another change for the criteria calls for the National Weather Service to hold back a warning when the storm threat is minimal.