Severe Weather Watches vs. Warnings – Do You Know the Difference?

Severe Weather Awareness
(ABC9 News) – Friday’s Severe Weather Week topic on ABC9 is “Watches and Warnings.”

It’s important to know the difference between a Watch and a Warning is. A Watch is issued when there is a risk of hazardous weather. In other words, conditions are favorable for severe weather, but it’s not a certainty. So, in a Watch situation, you need to have a plan ready in case a storm threatens while staying alert to changing conditions.

However, a Warning is issued when a severe weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely. A Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when something dangerous is either reported by a spotter or identified by radar. With a Warning, you need to take action immediately to save property and lives.

For those of you on social media, ABC9 now has the ability to instantly alert you to watches and warnings in Siouxland on our ABC9 News Facebook page and @kcautv on Twitter. Links to those pages are below…

But another important tool for receiving watches and warnings is a NOAA Weather Radio. Every home should have one! And nobody knows that better than Bruce Jones from Midland Weather Radio. We caught up with him recently in Pilger, NE where he stressed the value of having a Weather Radio.

Bruce says, “The thing to remember is those outdoor tornado sirens were designed to warn you when you’re outdoors. This was designed to be an indoor tornado siren. So when you’re outdoors you’re listening for those outdoor sirens, but when you’re indoors you need to have a device like this that will immediately alert you. “

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