Tornado Watch & Tornado Warning
|TORNADO WATCH||TORNADO WARNING|
|A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for producing a particular weather event, but that it has not formed yet. Watches alert the public that they need to pay closer attention than usual to the weather, just to be safe. A tornado watch is issued when atmospheric conditions could cause tornadoes to form, although none have formed yet.||A tornado warning means that a particular weather event has formed and that it threatens the area under the warning. A tornado warning means that a tornado is actually present and moving in the warn vicinity. Residents should take immediate shelter in a tornado warning.|
Steps to Take When a Tornado Warning is Given
|Immediately go to the basement or lowest level of your home or apartment building.If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway, a room without windows or closet.Go to the center of the room. Stay away from walls.Use your arms to protect your head and neck.||Mobile home occupants need to take prompt action in the event of a tornado warning.A mobile home can overturn easily even if precautions have been taken to tie the unit down.When a tornado warning occurs, seek shelter in a building with a strong foundation.If shelter isn’t available, go to the nearest place of safe refuge.|
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio station for further information.
Remain inside the protected area until you are certain the tornado has passed.