NWS Severe Weather Awareness Week: Understanding the
Meaning of Severe Weather Watches and Warnings
Published: April 26, 2021 at 10:40 a.m.
By: Statement from the National Weather Service
Monday: April 26,
AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...
Weather Service and the New York State Office of Emergency Management have
25 to May 1 Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York State.
To reduce your
chances of being killed or injured by severe weather, it is important to
meaning of severe weather watches and warnings.
thunderstorms are defined as those thunderstorms that produce winds of 58
greater, hail of
one inch in diameter or larger, or a tornado.
Thunderstorm Watch means that severe thunderstorms are possible over the
Thunderstorm Warning means that severe thunderstorms are imminent or
You should seek
shelter immediately when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
Even if a
thunderstorm is not considered severe, it is always a good idea to go indoors
is a potential threat. By definition, all
thunderstorms contain lightning,
and all lightning
A Tornado Warning
means that a tornado is imminent or occurring. Take shelter immediately
on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building away from windows which can shatter.
A flash flood
warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Flood waters can rise
rapidly. Move to
higher ground immediately when a flash flood warning is issued.
Radio offers the best way to stay in touch with extreme weather conditions
24 hours a day, 7
days a week. Your National Weather Service highly recommends everyone
have access to a
NOAA Weather Radio.
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