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The Difference Between Severe Weather Watches and Warnings | SERVPRO of East Cobb

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Severe weather is something that threatens the majority of the locations in the United States, and it can be a threat nearly any time of year if the weather grows unseasonably warm. While severe weather can be an inconvenience, it can also be dangerous—between property damage and the threat to personal safety, it is important to keep your guard up should severe weather head your way.

Being aware of weather patterns for your area and tuning into local alerts is one of the best ways you can achieve this. By understanding your risk level, you can make more informed decisions about when to stay aware, change plans and seek shelter if necessary.

Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

|Severe Weather Watches| 

A severe weather watch will be issued when the potential for a severe weather event is present in the area, but one has not occurred yet. For example, if there is a tornado watch, that means that the current conditions are favorable for a tornado, but one has not been spotted on radar or on the ground.

|Severe Weather Warnings|

A severe weather warning is far more dangerous, as it means that severe weather is imminent or actively occurring in the area. This will be based on either radar or reports on the ground, but regardless, it means that there is an active threat in your region.

How to React to Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

  • It is important to react properly to both watches and warnings so you and your loved ones can stay safe in the event of severe weather.
  • When there is a “severe weather watch”, that indicates that you should stay alert and stay close to home. This will be the time to tune into local weather alert systems, power up your weather radio and ensure that your designated safe space is accessible and stocked with emergency supplies.
  • If this is upgraded to a “severe weather warning”, that is when you will want to seek shelter immediately. Bring your weather radio, flashlights and any other necessities to your safe area and hunker down until local authorities provide you with the all-clear.

*If you have damage to your home due to storms, SERVPRO of East Cobb is here to help. You can get in touch with us 24-hours a day at (770) 424-0400 or visit www.SERVPROeastcobbga.com to learn more about our storm restoration services or to report damage for a quick response.

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