RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - It's spring and that means severe weather season has arrived.
Meteorologists at the National Weather Service track storms on satellite and Doppler radar as they develop, and they are the only agency that can issue severe storm warnings when storm reach severe levels.
• A watch means that you should keep an eye out for the possibility of severe weather in your area.
• When a warning is issued, immediate actions should be taken for those in the warned area.
"The warning means a storm is imminent. We've got indications on radar or reports from our spotters that the storm is developing,” NWS meteorologist Susan Sanders said. “And that's when you need to take shelter immediately. So if you hear a warning for your area but the storm doesn't look nearby, still get to a safe place."
When thunder roars, go indoors. You should designate a safe place in your home, either in the basement or a small interior room on the lowest level, away from windows.
When warnings are issued for your area, you should take shelter in your safe place until the storm passes.