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Wednesday's Weather Word: Severe Storm

When you hear there's a risk for severe storms do you ears perk up a little more than when you hear there's a chance for a pop-up thunderstorm? If not, they should.

There is a difference between a severe thunderstorm and your typical afternoon pop-up thunderstorm we see a lot during the summer. This is not to say you shouldn't respect the power of storms not deemed "severe" because all storms are powerful and can be dangerous.

However, severe storms are of particular concern and can pose significant life-threatening conditions. This is why the National Weather Service sends out warnings when a storm is reaching severe criteria. A severe thunderstorm warning is issued for storms that reach certain criteria.

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