Tornado watch? Tornado warning? What’s the difference?

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CONWAY, SC (Nexstar) — The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Horry, Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties on Friday. 

Tornado watch? Tornado warning? What’s the difference? Here’s what you should know.

Tornado Watch means that the atmospheric ingredients are in place to create a tornado, but does not necessarily mean that a tornado is on the ground. During a Tornado Watch, you should review your safety plan in case a warning is issued, and remain weather-aware as you go about your day.

Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is on the ground or appears imminent. This means to take cover now.

Where do I go in a Tornado Warning?

  • If you are in a mobile home, leave immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy, permanent structure nearby
  • In a home or business, go to the lowest floor or basement in an interior room with no exterior walls
  • Ensure the room does not have any windows
  • Protect yourself with heavy blankets or bicycle helmets in case flying debris does enter the structure
  • Stay with News13 WBTW and your First Warning Weather app for live updates

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