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CORDERO'S CORNER: United Kingdom Severe Warnings

Met Office UK Severe Warning Levels
CORDERO'S CORNER: United Kingdom Severe Warnings
Posted at 6:45 AM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 09:53:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Every Tuesday on WTXL Sunrise, you'll be able to have one of your own weather questions answered by Meteorologist Alex Cordero.

This week, our question was sent in from Chris Floyd via email.

He asks: "What are the Severe Weather Warning levels issued by the United Kingdom (Great Britain) Met Office?

Take a look at the picture below which shows the Warning levels from

First, there is the YELLOW "BE AWARE" category. It means that severe weather is possible over the next few days and you should watch the forecast closely as the days progress.

Next, is the AMBER "BE PREPARED" category. This means that severe weather is increasingly likely to impact you. Actions may have to be taken to protect family and property.

Finally, there is the RED "TAKE ACTION" category. This means extreme weather is expected. It means you should take action now to protect yourself and your family. This extreme could be winter weather or severe storms. It is more broad than the U.S. warnings.

In essence, the YELLOW "BE AWARE" category is the same as an SPC outlook issued days ahead of severe weather. The AMBER "BE PREPARED" category is essentially a severe watch. The RED "TAKE ACTION"" category is equivalent of an actual SEVERE WARNING here in the U.S.

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