Storm Watches vs. Warnings
It’s a good time to review the difference between tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.
A WATCH means that the potential exists for severe thunderstorms to develop. A storm watch does not mean that one has been seen, it just means that conditions are favorable for one to develop.
Conditions are conducive for the development of severe weather. When watches are issued there is no immediate action for you to take, but do keep up to date on the current weather situation.
WARNINGS on the other hand need to be taken seriously and demand action. A severe thunderstorm warning indicated that severe weather is imminent in your area or already happening. Severe refers to wind gusts exceeding 58 mph and hail greater than 1” in diameter.
With this knowledge of watches and warnings, you will be better prepared the next time severe weather threatens your area.