A WATCH is the first thing that will be issued in your area. This means that the current conditions are favorable for the formation of severe weather. It is an indication for you to be prepared and pay close attention the sky.
A WARNING is issued when the severe weather threat is imminent. The treat has been visually observed by a spotter or weather instrument such as radar, and is heading towards your area.
An ADVISORY is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
An OUTLOOK is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is possible in the next week. Outlooks are intended to raise awareness of the potential for significant weather that could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
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