Weather Season is Here…Be Informed, Be Prepared
Weather Watch vs. Warning – Do You Know the Difference?
Peak season for severe weather is March through October, which includes the typical tornado season months of March through June and hurricane season months of June through October. Remember, though, that severe weather can happen at any time.
The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue watches and warnings for possible severe weather as appropriate, but do you know the difference?
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center (spc.noaa.gov) for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A severe thunderstorm has been indicated by radar or reported by a spotter producing hail one inch or larger in diameter and/or winds exceeding 58 mph. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning.
Tornado Watch: Be prepared! Stay aware-a tornado is possible within the watch area.
Tornado Warning: Take Action!!! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Get to a safe place away from windows, on the first floor in an interior room. Do not stay under an overpass in your vehicle! Being in a vehicle or mobile home is not safe during tornadoes.
For more information:
Severe thunderstorm safety click here
Tornado Safety click here
Families should also have an escape plan with a meeting place, outside of the home, in case of fire. Remember to practice your plan!
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The Round Rock Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is committed to serving the community before, during and after a major emergency or disaster through effective coordination of city departments, partnering agencies and organizations and encouraging community preparedness.
In addition to city and county resources, this web page provides links and information for resources including the Emergency Notification System Registration (ENS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other helpful sites in preparation of or recovery from disasters.