The difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning:
A tornado watch
means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
- It lets you know that now is the time to be “weather aware.”
- This is a time for you to keep an eye to the sky and stay in constant communication.
- Keep your radio, television, or mobile device nearby.
A tornado warning
means that a tornado has been spotted or that Doppler radar shows a storm that could produce a tornado at any time.
- A tornado warning is much more serious.
- You should find shelter immediately if you hear this warning.
Outdoor tornado sirens are meant primarily for outdoor use. (For example: to warn you if you’re outside at soccer practice with your kids away from your television or radio.)
You may not hear the tornado siren if you’re in your home especially if you’re asleep.
NOAA weather radios can be programmed to wake you and to warn you in the event of severe weather.
- You can buy them at most discount department storms or electronics stores.
- Weather radios can be relatively inexpensive and easy to program.