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Know The Difference – Watch vs Warning

A severe thunderstorm by definition is a thunderstorm that produces one inch hail or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceeds 58 miles an hour. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation.

If there is a storm watch that means conditions are favorable for a storm in your area, prepare to get inside. A watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

If there is a storm warning that means, there is a storm happening in your area, be indoors and away from windows. Warnings are issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail one inch or larger in diameter and/or winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour; therefore, people in the affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 1910.38 requires all employers to develop a written emergency action plan to protect their associates during any type of emergency, including bad weather. Does everyone in your bank know the plan?

 

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