STORM SEASON MOVES IN AS WINTER WEATHER MOVES OUT
Thunderstorms and tornados may occur spontaneously, and pass by quickly, but they can cause devastating damage to property, or harm people, in an instant. Although some storms can’t be predicted, you can take steps to protect yourself and your property.
Know the Difference!
Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.
Tornado Watch – Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning – A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
Lightening –Whether a thunderstorm or tornado, these storms may be accompanied by lightening. Remember, NO PLACE IS SAFE OUTSIDE WHEN LIGHTENING IS IN THE AREA! If you hear thunder, then lightening is close enough to strike you!When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter, and stay in the shelter for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder!