Ask the editor: What is the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning?

Ask the editor
Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news. (Tara Pohlmeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)a

Ask the Editor sections focus on engaging readers in community updates and news. (Tara Pohlmeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)a

Multiple tornadoes ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on the evening of Oct. 20. The tornado that touched down locally reached a peak rating of EF3, according to the city.

When severe weather hits, the weather service may issue a tornado watch or a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in the area, but they are not confirmed. This alert means people should prepare to take cover.

A tornado warning means a tornado has either been sighted or confirmed by radar, and people should immediately take cover. The weather service suggests moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

This article ran in the November issue of the Richardson edition. Read the full e-edition here.


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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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