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Severe Weather Definitions

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Issued when there’s a strong possibility for development of severe weather in your area

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Severe weather has been spotted in your area. Criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning: Wind gusts of 60 mph or greater, and/or hail 1” in diameter or larger

Tornado Watch
Issued when conditions are favorable for tornadic thunderstorms to develop in your area

Tornado Warning
A tornado has been spotted or detected by radar in your area

Tornado Emergency
Used when a severe threat to human life and catastrophic damage from a tornado is imminent or ongoing.  This is only used when sources confirm a tornado on the ground, or there is clear evidence of a damaging tornado such as the observation of debris on radar.

Flood Watch
Usually issued hours, possibly even days before a large storm system moves into your area with the potential for large amounts of rain which could lead to flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, or low-lying areas

Flood Warning
Flooding is occurring. Life and property are at risk in your area

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Severe Weather Safety

A basement or an interior room provides the best protection from  thunderstorm winds. Thunderstorm winds can reach more than 100 mph and  can easily overturn mobile homes and cars, uproot trees and tear roofs off homes and buildings.

Seek shelter inside. Stay away from windows and exterior walls.  Hail stones can reach the size of baseballs and can cause serious damage  to life and property.  

Thunderstorms can produce very heavy rainfall in a short  amount of time which can cause flooding. Flooding is the number  one killer in severe weather because it can take people by surprise.  Rising flood waters can wash out roads and sweep cars and trucks off  the pavement.  REMEMBER: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

Lightning is another top killer during severe weather. If lightning  is in your area, move inside. Stay away from windows and avoid using corded  electrical appliances. If you’re caught outside, stay away from tall and isolated  objects. If you are swimming or boating, get off the water as soon as possible.  If driving, stay in your car and don’t touch the metal.

Remember to DUCK:
D - Go DOWN to the lowest level possible
U - Get UNDER something sturdy
C - COVER your head and neck
K - KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed 

In your home - Take cover in a basement, underground shelter or the most  interior room. Stay away from windows. Take a portable, battery-powered radio  with you so you can monitor the situation until the all-clear is given. 
In a building - Go to the lowest floor of the building and avoid rooms with  high ceilings. Interior hallways provide the best protection.  
Mobile homes - Go to a community shelter immediately. Do not try to ride  out the storm in your mobile home. A ditch or culvert may provide better  protection if you can’t find a shelter.  
Open country - Look for a nearby shelter if you have time. Never try to out  run a tornado in your car. If you can’t find shelter and are in the path of a tornado,  leave your car and lie flat in the nearest ditch or culvert. Use your hands and  arms to protect your head.

Jim Reed Storm Chaser

Storm photography copyright Jim Reed Photography

Jim Reed is one of America's most accomplished and award-winning extreme weather photographers. Described by American PHOTO magazine as "an artist of the sky," Jim has spent twenty years tracking and documenting our changing climate. In his book, STORM CHASER: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY, Jim's storm-chasing stories are told through the lens of his camera. From extraordinary tornadoes to historic hurricanes, remarkable floods, geomagnetic storms, and magnificient lightning. Jim captures not only the mercilessness of America's deadly weather, but also the magnificence and meaning behind the tempests. Jim tells the story of traveling through more than two thousand U.S. counties in his trusty Ford Explorer. He describes what it feels like to be within 500 feet of a twister, to be inside the dead-calm eye of a monstrous category four hurricane, and more.

Twitter: @jimreedphoto