What’s the difference between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning?

    A line of thunderstorms is quickly advancing toward the New Jersey region at 1 p.m. Friday.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Delaware, Philadelphia and its suburbs, and Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Somerset counties in New Jersey until 5 p.m.

    It’s important to understand the differences between a watch and warning.

    From the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

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    Watch: A tornado watch defines an area shaped like a parallelogram, where tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather are possible in the next several hours. It does not mean tornadoes are imminent, just that you need to be alert, and to be prepared to go to safe shelter if tornadoes do happen or a warning is issued. This is the time to turn on local TV or radio, turn on and set the alarm switch on your weather radio, make sure you have ready access to safe shelter, and make your friends and family aware of the potential for tornadoes in the area.

    Warning:  A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, or that Doppler radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation which can spawn a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued for your town or county, take immediate safety precautions. Local NWS offices issue tornado warnings.

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