Tornado Watch - Issued when conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. Monitor local radio or TV stations to stay informed and to know immediately if a Tornado Warning is issued.
Tornado Warning - Issued when a tornado has been sighted in the area. Take shelter immediately! Radar technology known as DOPPLER has the ability to detect wind directions that may indicate a tornado and a tornado warning may be issued before one is actually sighted by the public.
Note: In Northwest Florida, tornadoes form quickly and seldom last very long. Warning for these types of tornadoes is often not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado. Many people have stated that a tornado “sounds like a train.” Tornadoes are usually not detected until they have picked up visible dust and debris.