Severe Weather Preparedness: Tornado Safety

Columbus, Ga (WRBL)- As our severe weather season continues, it is important to understand the differences between tornado watches and warnings so that you can stay prepared for the next storm.

Tornado Watch: A Tornado Watch is normally issued a few hours ahead of the line of storms that have severe potential. This means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur with those storms, not that there is active tornado. When a Tornado Watch is issued, it is important to stay Weather Aware and be near devices so you can hear if a warning is issued.

Tornado Warning: A Tornado Warning is issued when there is either radar indicated rotation or a tornado has been spotted on the ground. If a tornado has been spotted, there will also be a confirmed indicator on the warning.

Before our next severe weather set-up, go over your tornado shelter plan with your family. Avoid windows, doors, and outside walls. If you have a multi-level home, get to the lowest level. If you have a single level home, get to the inner most room. If you live in a mobile home, locate a shelter near you to evacuate to. A list of shelters in the News 3 area is listed below.

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