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Severe Weather Awareness Week 2020: Receiving Weather Warning Information

Today we look into receiving watch and warning information.

First, it’s important to know the difference between a watch and warning.  Whether it be a severe thunderstorm, tornado or flash flood. A WATCH indicates conditions are favorable severe within the next few hours (up to 6, generally).  A WARNING means severe weather is imminent, and you need to take action immediately.

You should have 3 ways of receiving severe weather alerts.

In the event of severe weather, KWWL will be first on the air to bring you the latest updates.  When a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch is in effect, we will have updates at least every half hour on TV if there are storms in the area.

Once a warning is issued, we will be on air immediately and track the storms through eastern Iowa.  Once a Tornado Warning is issued, KWWL will be on continuously on KWWL 7.1, CW 7.2 and MeTV 7.3.  We will also be streaming live on the KWWL News App, as well as the KWWL Facebook page. We will go back to programming when the warning is over.

The watches and warnings go directly to the KWWL Facebook and Storm Track 7 Facebook pages, as well as Storm Track 7 Twitter.

As you are probably aware, the Wireless Emergency Alerts on your phone will alert you, based on where you are located.  This is also the case with the FREE Storm Track 7 weather app.  Click here to learn more about the app, and download it today.

One of the best ways to keep you up-to-date on severe weather, is getting a NOAA Weather Radio.  They can generally be found at your local hardware store or even some grocery stores. Any place they sell electronics.  Once you purchase it, you can program the radio to any county you want to receive warnings for, and for any weather event you want to be alerted about (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding, winter storm, etc.)

You might need these codes for your county. Click here.

Don’t rely on the outdoor warning sirens. They are not meant for people inside. They were solely meant to alert people outside to go inside and find out what bad weather is coming.

Alert Iowa is another way to get weather alerts sent to you directly. You have some more options on the alerts you get. Click here for more details and how to sign up.

Here are the upcoming topics for the rest of the week:

Wednesday: Tornadoes

Thursday: Family Preparedness

Friday: Flash Floods

Eileen Loan

Meteorologist

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