There has been a lot of tornado talk throughout New Jersey these past few days which naturally has sparked a large amount of panic among residents.

But, it is time to know what weather professionals actually mean based on the terms they use so that we all know when it is ACTUALLY time to worry.

One of the biggest confusions is the difference between the terms "Tornado Watch" versus "Tornado Warning." Well, now we can clear it up for you.

Tornado Watch: These are issued by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center out in Oklahoma and will apply to much larger areas like an entire state or larger. These will last for several hours.

If you are in an area where there is a Tornado Watch: Just be alert. Monitor the radio, your local weather stations or updates that may be sent to your phone.

Tornado Warning: This means that trained weather spotters or local law enforcement saw a tornado and the hazard is imminent. Watches will only be declared by local offices and usually last under an hour.

If you are in an area that issues a Tornado Warning: It is time to seek shelter. Go to a lower level, basement, or closet. If you happen to be on the road, park and get to nearby shelter.

So hopefully this clears things up for everyone and now we will all panic when it is time to.

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