Many times, the terms that are thrown around may be misleading, or difficult to process, leaving folks wondering exactly what types of preparation should be made, if any, to protect against threatening weather.
(PRWEB) July 06, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the country, is offering tips to property owners on how to better understand much of the terminology that is used by local meteorologists when it comes to severe weather reporting.
Many times, the terms that are thrown around may be misleading, or difficult to process, leaving folks wondering exactly what types of preparation should be made, if any, to protect against threatening weather. Here is a list of the most common terms and exactly what they mean for the average homeowner.
Tornado Watch – this means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. Watches are usually in effect for 6 hours or more.
Tornado Warning – this means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in a specific area where the warning applies.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch – similar to the tornado watch, conditions are favorable for the formation and development of severe weather, with 6 hour watches being the norm.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning – a storm has developed in a given area and presents a very real and present threat to those in its path.
Severe Weather Statement – this is usually a follow up message on the status of a storm that is already formed and moving through a given area.
Flash Flood Watch – indicates that flash flooding is possible and advising residents in the area to be prepared to take rapid action to get out of the path of the flood.
Flash Flood Warning – advises of a dangerous situation regarding the flooding of small streams or rivers. Flash Flood Warnings typically offer very little advanced notice, so people are advised to respond immediately.
Obviously, the term “warning” is used whenever there is an immediate threat, while “watch” is used to encourage folks to be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions.
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