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Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning - What's the Difference?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Connecticut doesn't have an abundance of tornadoes however they still do happen here. I know that the storm system that brought several tornadoes and microbursts to our area just two years ago is still fresh in our minds.

We welcome the advanced warning system our phones have brought us. I've received a tornado warning on my phone when I didn't expect one at all and am thankful such a system is now in place so we have a chance to get to safety.

What's the difference between a tornado watch and a warning? Watches are issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while warnings are issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.  If a warning has been issued, you must take immediate action in seeking safe shelter, especially if you are in the tornado’s path.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

We are hoping for calm weather for the remainder of spring here in Torrington however if high winds do cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington is here for all of your restoration needs. 

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