We are currently in the middle of both tornado AND hurricane seasons. Many people are unsure of how to interpret what they are hearing on the news, radio, internet, and weather radios with regard to severity of storms. We are posting a two-part summer series on weather terms frequently used when describing severe weather. Today, we're talking about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: A severe thunderstorm has been seen and confirmed either on radar or by storm spotters. The thunderstorm is occurring NOW or is imminent. You need to take precautions in the event the storm should increase in intensity, or produces strong winds or hail.
NOTE: Severe thunderstorms can cause tornadoes, so be aware and have quick access to weather reports and/or your weather radio.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been seen and confirmed either on radar or by storm spotters. The tornado is occurring NOW or is imminent. You need to take precautions, and/or take cover immediately if you are in the area of a confirmed tornado.
Tornado Rating Information: A tornado will receive a rating based on its wind speed. The Enhanced-Fujita (EF) Intensity Scale is as follows:
|EF-0||Wind Speeds 65-85 mph|
|EF-1||Wind Speeds 86-110 mph|
|EF-2||Wind Speeds 111-135 mph|
|EF-3||Wind Speeds 136-165 mph|
|EF-4||Wind Speeds 166-200 mph|
|EF-5||Wind Speeds Over 200 mph|
For more information about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, please click here to visit the Storm Encyclopedia on the Weather Channel's website. Be sure to check out "Know Your Weather: Part 2" when we'll share information regarding tropical storms and hurricanes.
Disclaimer: Practips provides this for informational purposes only, and cannot be substituted for the advice of the National Weather Service or your local authorities should severe weather occur in your area.
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