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One year ago Tuesday, a tornado ripped through the heart of a Muscatine, IA business district. 

It damaged several buildings, a killed one man. 

Now, the National Weather Service is working to make sure that doesn't happen again, with new technology.

With the older technology, a scan of the atmosphere was able to be done in five minutes. 

In that length of time, a new tornado can pop up within a storm, without the radar picking it up.

Now, that's changing. 

The NWS put in a massive software change, cutting the length of a radar scan in half, to 2.5 minutes... All in hopes of keeping people, more warning, and keeping them safe. 

"In this part of the country, we don't have those big rolling storms that they have out in the plains, like Nebraska and down in Texas and stuff. Our tornadoes, are a lot smaller, and they are a lot more difficult to detect with radar," says NWS Meteorologist, Steve Kuhl. "Basically, this is going to double the time we have to interrogate storms and we can issue warnings faster." 

The new technology will go into effect immediately. 
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