Tornado PreparednessWeThrive in Montgomery LogoTornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds. As a WeTHRIVE! Community, the City is committed to making sure residents are informed on what to look for and how to prepare for a tornado. For more information on emergency preparedness please click this link on the City website.


WATCH/WARNING/ADVISORY: What do they mean?

No matter what the actual weather is, here is the basic rule of thumb:

  • WATCH essentially means a chance this condition will happen and usually covers a large geographical area for a lengthy time period.
  • WARNING means the said weather is already occurring or is likely to occur and to take proper protective measures. Warnings are usually issued for much smaller geographical areas and usually for shorter more definite time periods.
  • ADVISORY is sort of in between a WATCH and a WARNING. The expected weather condition has a pretty good chance of occurring, even a likely chance of occurring, but typically an advisory is used for less severe types of weather conditions. A Wind Advisory might be issued or a Freezing Rain Advisory issued instead of a High Wind Warning or an Ice Storm Warning.

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