ROANOKE, Va. – Spring officially begins on Thursday and during this new season, we often experience increased severe weather in southwest Virginia.
The statewide tornado drill that was originally scheduled for Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
When severe weather threatens, there is often confusion on the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when conditions are favorable for the formation of severe storms. A severe thunderstorm warning will be issued when a storm has already become severe or soon will.
Tornado alerts are broken down into three categories: watch, warning and emergency. Tornado emergencies are very rare, but are among the most serious alerts ever issued by the National Weather Service.
When a tornado threatens your area, there are some safety tips recommended to keep you and your family safe. Getting away from windows and into an interior room of your house is a very smart idea when you are targeted by a twister. Also, you should cover yourself with pillows or blankets to avoid debris that may fall on top of you.