SEVERE WEATHER: Difference between Watch vs. Warning

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 1:49 PM

Severe Weather Awareness: Difference Between a Watch & Warning

The National Weather Service is the official issuer of a watch or a warning, based on expected weather conditions.

Stormcenter7 Meteorologist Brett Collar explains the difference.

In severe weather season, knowing the difference between a watch and a warning can be life-saving.

WATCH means you should prepare for the possibility of a severe storm or tornado.

WARNING means you should take action now, get to a safe location because severe weather is occurring or a tornado has been seen or indicated by radar.

Touchdown 7 Forecast: Week 5

Published: Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

NewsCenter 7's Sports Director Mike Hartsock and StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs talk about the forecast and the games featured on this week 5 of Touchdown 7.

It will be a warm night Friday for Touchdown 7 Football across the Miami Valley.

Friday is the first official day of fall, but it will feel like summer. There is no need for blankets or sweatshirts this week, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

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Sports Director Mike Hartsock said nothing beats this warm weather when it comes to playing football. The Game of the Week is Franklin at Valley View, and will be one to watch.

Your 5-Day Forecast

For full highlights of this week's games, be sure to watch Channel 7 Friday night at 11:13 p.m.

Jupiter visible in the night sky through Saturday

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 6:53 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini explains how to find Jupiter over the next few mornings.

The moon will help you again this weekend to find a bright planet. 

Jupiter will be visible in the night sky right after sunset until Saturday.

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On  Friday at 9:13 p.m., and on Saturday at 9:46 p.m., look to the western horizon and make sure you have a clear view free of trees or buildings that would block your view. When you find the waxing crescent moon, look toward the horizon for Jupiter. 

Jupiter will be to the bottom right of the moon Friday and Saturday evening. 

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Hurricane Maria knocks out power in Puerto Rico, takes aim at Dominican Republic

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

The latest track on hurricane Maria shows a major hurricane near the Bahamas early Friday.

Hurricane Maria has caused 100 percent of Puerto Rico to lose power. 

RELATED: FEMA facing third major relief effort

As of early Thursday morning, Maria regained strength and is a Category 3 hurricane near the eastern Dominican Republic.

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It could take months for power to be restored, and anyone who has power on the island is using a generator, according to reports.

>> RELATED: Maria destroys homes, triggers flooding in Puerto Rico

Maria is not a threat to the mainland U.S., according to the storm’s latest track. Maria is expected to curve back out to sea by the weekend, but there will be plenty to track. 

>> PHOTOS: Hurricane Maria slams Caribbean

Maria became the fourth major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season on Monday. Maria is the second storm in the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to become a Category 5 storm. 


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Several islands were already severally damaged from Hurricane Irma. Rain totals could reach as high as 20 inches in some of those spots producing life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend out from the center of the storm. 

On Monday, there were three active named storms in the Atlantic for the second time this season. Tropical Depression Lee was also active. 

Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Hurricane Maria Makes Landfall In Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a federal disaster in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria brought pounding rain and punishing winds to the island, knocking out power and causing widespread flooding and landslides.

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The declaration allows for federal resources to be used for Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts.

The island is reeling after Maria made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane. With maximum sustained winds measured at 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, Maria was the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years.

People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria, which hit the eastern region of the island, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)(Carlos Giusti/AP)

"Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this," Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told The Associated Press.

Videos posted on social media showed swift floodwaters and powerful winds brought to Puerto Rico by Maria.

Maria knocked out power to the entire island and its 3.4 million residents, officials said Wednesday.

Ricardo Ramos, CEO of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told CNN that it could be as long as six months before power is restored.

“The system has been basically destroyed,” he said.

Maria continued to churn over the Atlantic Ocean as a major Category 3 hurricane on Thursday afternoon with maximum sustained winds measured at 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. advisory. Officials warned that the storm, which is expected to turn to the north early Friday, could still strengthen over the next day or two.