Weather Center

Weather Watch or Warning?

By Rachel Elmalawany 7.14.14

What’s the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning? Which one do I need to grab the kids and hide in the bathroom from? I always find myself asking these same questions no matter how many times I’ve been told. Here’s what you need to know about severe weather alerts and how to prepare for them.

Weather Watch Versus Warning

Which is worse — a watch or a warning? According to Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry of CBS 11 Weather, a severe weather watch means dangerous weather is possible. You should be alert to the weather around you and be prepared should conditions worsen. A warning, on the other hand, means dangerous weather is happening right now and you should take action. Just remember to “watch” out for potential bad weather and to take “warnings” seriously.

When the Storm Hits

The best thing you can do is be prepared for severe weather ahead of time. Having an action plan in case you need to evacuate or take shelter will save you time and keep you from having to “wing it” when emotions are running high.

  • If you are outside, get inside.
  • If you cannot get inside, lie down in a low area.
  • If there is a tornado, get into an interior room on the lowest level with no windows. Evacuate vehicles or mobile homes and lie down in a low area such as a ditch. Do not take cover under overpasses, since wind speeds can be higher and damage can be caused by debris.


After the Storm

When the storm is over and you’re safe, call your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent. You can also download the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance app and file a claim online or contact an agent.

Don’t get caught off guard. Know your severe weather alerts and how to handle them.