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Severe Weather

raining weather These types of storms can be categorized as hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

Knowing the following information better assist you in preparing for these events.

Definitions of Bulletins:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

Conditions are favorable for the development or approach of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. 

TORNADO WATCH

Conditions are favorable for the development or approach of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in and close to the watch area. 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

A severe thunderstorm (a storm with winds in excess of 58 miles per hour or with 3/4" or larger hail, or both) is indicated on radar or has been reported by a Skywarn spotter. Take cover immediately in a sturdy building. Stay away from windows and do not use the telephone or appliances unless it is a life threatening emergency. 

TORNADO WARNING

A tornado (violently rotating column of air in contact with the ground) or funnel cloud (developing tornado) approaching the ground surface has been indicated on radar or has been reported by a Skywarn spotter. Take cover immediately in a sturdy building. Go to the lowest level of the structure preferably into a small windowless room and crouch under a sturdy desk or table. Stay away from windows and do not use the telephone or appliances unless it is a life threatening emergency. 

FLOOD AND FLASH FLOOD WATCH

Conditions are favorable for flooding and flash flooding (inundation of flooding waters within 6 hours) in and close to the watch area. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio and local media. Be aware of current conditions, especially if you live or work near a flood prone area or are near a river, creek or stream. Prepare to take immediate action to protect life and property. 

FLOOD AND FLASH FLOOD WARNING 

Flooding or flash flooding is imminent or is occurring now. If rising water nears, immediately evacuate to higher ground. Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways or underpasses. 

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather:

Florida Divsion of Emergency Management Hazards Information
Florida Divsion of Emergency Management Thunderstorm Information
Florida Divsion of Emergency Management Lightning Information

Natinal Weather Service Publications, Brochures and Booklets
FEMA - www.ready.gov - Thunderstorms and Lightning
National Weather Service - Severe Weather Awareness
National Weather Service - Lightning Safety