WDT Introduces TornadoExpress

April 1, 2004

Norman, Okla.-based Weather Decision Technologies Inc. (WDT) announced the release of TornadoExpress, the latest in a series of weather products designed to help companies and organizations make informed and timely weather decisions.

TornadoExpress, an Internet-delivered assessment of tornado damage, takes the guesswork out of tornado path locations and damage estimates for CAT teams, claims professionals, restoration crews and other organizations that react to tornados.

TornadoExpress service provides reports for any tornado that causes damage in a large population area (100,000+). These reports are sent via e-mail or provided via an Internet browser. Once provided, the information can be accessed anywhere and at any time.

When tornadoes occur, a regional color map is created within 10 days along with city-level maps for cities within the region. All maps are provided in PDF format, allowing the customer to zoom in and closely examine where an expert meteorologist has determined where the damage has occurred. All TornadoExpress maps display a color-coded tornado path to assist in better defining areas where damage occurred. In addition to the color-coded maps, GIS digital data can be provided to the customer for overlay on their assets or other areas of interest.

“TornadoExpress removes the guesswork for people who react to severe weather or provide insurance or claims assessment after damage has occurred,” explained Mike Eilts, WDT president and CEO. “By using our expertise and state-of-the art capabilities, they can make informed decisions and monitor response activities or insurance claims based on quantifiable data.

TornadoExpress reports are generated by expert meteorologists using damage surveys/assessments and NEXRAD Doppler Weather Radar data. These reports fully utilize the power of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to produce precise and reliable damage paths that are provided either as color coded maps or as GIS formatted polygons.

TornadoExpress starts at just $2,370 for a one region, six-month service. Enhancements or customization to integrate with other data (population density, zip code boundaries, etc.) is also available.

For more information on TornadoExpress, or to view a sample, visit www.hailtrax.com or contact Lynne Lawry, (888) 255.7099 or lynnelawry@hailtrax.com.

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