Weather forecasting is not an exact science and dangerous weather can occur almost any time. That’s why it’s important to learn the warning signs of severe weather.
If you suspect that a tornado, hurricane or other violent storm is entering your area, check your local radio or television station for advisories. But remember that storms can develop rapidly and could strike your area before a formal warning is issued.
Keep your eyes and ears open. Pay attention to blowing debris, hail and the roaring train-like sound of an approaching tornado. If you live in a coastal area, heed all hurricane advisories and take appropriate action.
It’s also important to understand these important terms:
- Tornado watch – Conditions are right for the possible formation of tornadoes, dangerous thunderstorms and high winds. Postpone outdoor activities in your area and stay tuned for regular weather updates.
- Tornado warning – Actual tornadoes have been sighted in your area.
- Hurricane watch – A major hurricane or tropical storm is approaching your area. Stay tuned to local radio and television stations for regular updates. Heed the advice of local officials.
- Hurricane warning – An actual hurricane is headed toward your area. You can expect winds of 74 mph or greater as well as high tides and rough seas within 24 hours.