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Conditions are again shaping up to create potentially severe weather in our area again today. That means there will likely be a number of watches and warnings issued as storms form and move through the area.

Be prepared by understanding what the National Weather Service terms mean when watches and warnings are issued.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Tells you when and where severe weather is likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to know when warnings are issued.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indi- cated by radar. Danger is imminent to life and property for those in the storm's path.

TORNADO WATCH: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert.

TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

FLOOD WATCH: General flooding is possible in your area.

FLOOD WARNING: General flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Flash flooding is possible in your area.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING: Flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Also:

Be severe weather ready by downloading the WKYC Severe Weather guide:

http://www.wkyc.com/story/weather/2014/03/31/severe-weather-safety-guide/6985731/

Be ready on the go or when the power goes out by downloading the free WKYC apps. Text WKYC to 25543 or go to the Apple Store or Google Play to download.

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