What is the difference between a watch and a warning?
A severe weather watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. A severe weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service when severe weather has been detected in an area either by radar indicators or trained storm spotters.

Warning
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

What you should do:
Activate your personal emergency plan
Take shelter immediately
Listen to local radio or TV for updates and information on what further actions to take

Watch
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

What you should do:
Remain alert for approaching storms
Listen to local radio or TV for updates
Be prepared to move to shelter

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1. What is the difference between a watch and a warning?
2. Does the City of Plano have public storm shelters?
3. What are the Outdoor Warning System sirens for?
4. What should I do when I hear the Outdoor Warning Sirens?