(OHIO) WOIO - A tornado warning means conditions are favorable for tornadoes or tornadoes are occurring. The National Weather Service encourages people to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building during a tornado watch.
The differences between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning:
- Tornado Watch:
- Be prepared.
- A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.
- You should review and discuss emergency plans and check supplies.
- Review where you safe room is.
- You should be ready if a warning is issued or if you think a tornado is approaching.
- Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur.
- The watch area is typically large, it covers numerous counties or even states.
- Tornado Warning:
- Take Action.
- A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
- Imminent danger to life and property.
- Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
- Avoid windows.
- If you are in a mobile home, vehicle or outside, you should move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
- Warnings are issued by your local forecast office.
- Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecast on radar or trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.