Watches vs. Warnings – What’s The Difference?
We’ve all heard our local news teams and meteorologists broadcast things like “a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for your area” or “tornado warnings are in effect for the following county until 6:00 PM CST”, but what does this information really mean?
Understanding the difference between watches and warnings when it comes to weather events is paramount in protecting both yourself and your property from disaster. The difference between the two defines HOW you should prepare, WHAT actions you need to take, and WHEN things should be set in motion. The National Weather Service defines severe weather watches and warnings in the following ways:
Watch: Be Prepared! Severe weather is possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by large hair, damaging winds, or tornadic activity.
Always have a way to receive weather alerts, follow the guidance provided by local authorities, and make your personal safety the top priority during severe weather events. When damaging weather does strike, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help restore your home or business. As your locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration specialists, our team has the training, experience, and equipment to handle losses of all sizes. Proudly serving the communities of Americus, Dawson, Unadilla, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Faster to Any Size Disaster!