damage to trees, telephone/utility poles or any structure
TORNADO - a funnel-shaped cloud extending downward from the base of a severe
thunderstorm which is rapidly rotating and comes into contact with the ground or any objects on the
TORNADO WATCH - issued by the Storm Prediction Center when severe thunderstorms may produce
tornadoes and near the watch area (box). The watch is issued for a large area and is usually in
effect for several hours.
TORNADO WARNING - issued by your local NWS
Forecast Office when a tornado is imminent or occurring and is usually in effect for 45 minutes
WATERSPOUT - a tornado that occurs over the waters.