A public storm warning signal is an early indication that heavy rain and gusty winds will be coming soon. People should be aware of these weather conditions, especially if they live in low-lying areas.
It is also a good idea to secure loose outdoor items, prepare an emergency supply kit, and be ready to evacuate if your local authorities recommend you do.
To be prepared for the storm, you can read our article on the subject: Preparing for a Public Storm Warning Signal
Preparation for public storm warning signal
A Public Storm Warning Signal is a weather warning system that warns people about an approaching storm. This signal is distributed to warn people about the intensity of wind and rain. Its main purpose is to alert people so they can take precautions.
The warning signals are upgraded or downgraded as the storm moves through the PAR. It can be expected to cause light damage to low-risk and high-risk structures. Generally, a storm warning signal is raised 36 hours before the storm hits the area.
During a Public Storm Warning Signal, a red warning flag is hoisted to let people know there will be a large storm within the next day or half. It features a graphic indicating the intensity of wind, precipitation, and other factors.
This is an invaluable tool to prepare for a storm and it gives people ample time to take precautions. These warnings are an important part of the Meteorology Department’s safety plan.
Signs of a tropical cyclone
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issues storm warnings every six hours, and Odette, also known locally as Odette, has recently been upgraded to a typhoon, signal no. 1
The storm’s maximum sustained winds are already higher than 110 kmph, and forecasted to be even stronger on December 16 evening. A PAGASA warning generally means that the tropical cyclone is in continuous motion. Its size, speed, and direction will determine how high the Public Storm Warning Signal is.
The first sign of a cyclone is the appearance of gale force winds. The wind speed increases significantly, and small trees and banana plants may be knocked over.
Light-colored houses made of light-colored materials may be partially unroofed, and the local emergency alert system may be upgraded to the next level. If it is possible, people should postpone outdoor activities or call 911.
Signs to look out for during a storm
While thunderstorms can be frightening, you can take steps to be prepared. By keeping an eye on weather forecasts and keeping an eye on signs of impending storms, you can take precautions to avoid being caught unawares.
Some of the early signs of impending storms include the increase in ocean swells, which reach as high as two meters (6 feet) 72 hours before the storm makes landfall. As the storm nears land, these waves will continue to rise until they reach close to five meters (16 feet).
When the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, prepare your home. If a storm is approaching, check electrical wiring and corded appliances. It’s safest to use wireless phones or avoid using electrical appliances.
Running water or concrete can also conduct electricity. If you’re not sure about the weather forecast, plan ahead of time by postponing outdoor activities. Listen to NOAA weather radio to stay updated and stay indoors during severe weather.
Signs to listen out for during a storm
During a thunderstorm, you should be aware of signs to listen out for. If you hear thunder, you should seek safety in a sturdy structure or in a storm shelter. If you can see the sky and hear flashes of lightning, you should seek shelter as well.
There are also some radios that run on a hand crank. While these are not as practical as an actual radio, they are still worth having for emergency situations.
When thunderstorms are imminent, you should leave your outdoor activities. If you are coaching a team, it’s a good idea to equip your team with NOAA weather radios with a tone-alert feature.
The weather conditions in a stadium or outdoor sports field are unpredictable, and the sudden appearance of lightning can endanger spectators, athletes, and staff. However, lightning rarely strikes people in the rain, so be prepared and pay attention to the signs of a storm.