Watches vs. Warnings
May 21, 2020
|Prepare with a Storm Plan
Before bad weather strikes, preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impact. Use these tips to be weather-ready in the event of a storm:
Understanding what weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) mean is important for staying safe in the event of inclement weather – especially when spring showers and overcast skies this time of year have the potential to turn into severe storms.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A severe thunderstorm watch means be prepared. A watch issued by NWS indicates severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm warning is a call to take action because severe weather has been officially sighted or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area than a watch – around the size of a city or small county – that may be impacted by hard rain, large hail or damaging wind.
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