Severe Thunderstorms: Watch versus Warning
When you hear about a thunderstorm watch or warning on the radio or television, do you know the difference? Do you take one more seriously than the other? Or do you not pay any mind to either?
A severe thunderstorm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. During a watch, you don’t necessarily need to alter any plans, just stay aware of the current weather conditions.
A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph.
People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is important to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary.
To learn more about severe thunderstorms and safety precautions, the National Weather Service has trustworthy and helpful information.
If you need help before, during, or after a storm, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and happy to help! We will have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”
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