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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Hastings NE
722 AM CDT Mon Mar 26 2018


...2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week For Nebraska...

The National Weather Service and Nebraska Emergency Management have
declared March 26th though March 30th as Severe Weather Awareness
Week for the state of Nebraska.

The topic for today is severe weather terminology.

Know the difference between a watch and a warning!

It is vital to your safety to know the difference between a watch
and warning. During severe weather season, watches and warnings may
be issued for severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods.

A Watch means it is time to Get Ready!

A watch is issued when a specific weather hazard is possible. For
example, if the weather conditions are such that tornadoes might
form, a watch will be issued. Tornadoes are not yet occurring when
a watch is issued. This gives you time to get prepared. If you
know what time of day the storms are forecast to occur, you can
plan where you will need to shelter should a tornado form. You can
also make plans for how to get yourself and your family,
including pets, to that shelter if necessary. The watch also gives
you a chance to test your communications plan and alert family
and friends to the threat of dangerous weather.

A Warning means it is time to Take Action!

A warning is issued when a specific weather hazard is currently
occurring or will be occurring very soon. If a severe thunderstorm
warning is issued, you should get inside a building immediately and
stay away from windows and anything that conducts electricity. If a
tornado warning is issued, you should go to the lowest level of a
sturdy building or to an interior room with no windows. Remember
that a tornado can also occur with little or no warning!

Any time the threat for severe weather exists, stay updated on the
latest weather information by going to the National Weather Service
website,, by tuning into NOAA Weather Radio All
Hazards or your local radio and television stations. Make sure to
watch for signs for approaching storms, such as darkening skies,
increasing winds, flashes of lightning and thunder.

More severe weather safety information can be found at

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