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WEATHER: What's the difference between a watch and warning?

We are entering the peak of severe weather season in West Texas, so it is important to stay weather aware.

When preparing for severe weather, it is important to understand the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning.

For a severe weather watch, this means severe weather is possible for your area. This is when you need to start preparing your shelter for the chance of severe weather. Make sure your shelter contains:

  • Bottles of water
  • Flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Weather radio
  • Extra batteries

For a severe weather warning, action is required to stay safe.

This is when it may be necessary to take your immediate precautions and shelter.

Make sure you have a weather radio, or a charged smart phone or laptop to stay up to date with the severe weather warnings.

Download our weather app here to stay up to date with the latest severe weather alerts.

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