Severe weather detection and early warning is the ultimate goal of the NWS. There are 33 counties in east Kentucky which fall under the umbrella of WFO Jackson. Severe Weather watches, warnings, advisories, and outlooks are issued whenever hazardous weather is expected or is occurring. Hazardous weather events include tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flooding, snow and ice storms, high winds, extreme heat and cold, freezes and frosts. Remember, a watch means that conditions are favorable for the expected event to develop, while a warning means that the event is imminent or already occurring. With short-term warnings, such as severe thunderstorms and tornados, immediate action is necessary to protect lives and property. Long-term warnings, such as an approaching winter storm, or prolonged heavy rain event may be issued as much as 12 hours prior to the onset, giving you time to prepare.


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