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The Y101 listening area is under a Tornado Watch until 10 p.m. tonight. The spring severe storm season is upon us and with it comes tornado watches and tornado warnings. So what is the difference?
A watch means conditions are prevalent for the development of tornadoes in the watch area. A warning means that a tornado or tornadoes have been spotted or are in the process of forming in the warning area.
Emergency personnel strongly advise people to make sure that have a weather radio and be prepared to take measures to remain safe during a severe storm.
Deaths from severe storms occur primarily because people are not prepared. If you are sleeping when one strikes, you are definitely not prepared to protect yourself. He also mentioned that all too often, people depend solely on the storm warning sirens. Those sirens are designed for people who are outdoors and that is why it is so important to have a weather radio.
Recently there has been a change in policy for those who are in a car when a tornado approaches. Obviously, you should drive away from the tornado, but if you can’t you should stay in the vehicle, buckle you seat belt and crouch down below the windows and hope for the best. The thought process is that cars are made to protect in rollovers if you have your seat belt on.
So far we have been fortunate to have good weather but that changed today with the issuance of a Tornado Watch in effect until 10 pm tonight. Just one more reason to purchase a weather radio today.