What is a tornado "watch"?

A tornado / severe thunderstorm watch is issued whenever conditions exist for severe weather to develop. Watches are usually for large areas about two-thirds the size of lower Michigan and are usually two-to-six hours long. Watches give you time to prepare.

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1. What is a tornado?
2. What is the difference between a tornado and a funnel cloud?
3. How many tornadoes usually occur in Michigan every year?
4. When do tornadoes generally occur?
5. How fast do tornadoes travel?
6. How far do tornadoes travel once they touch the ground?
7. What is a tornado "watch"?
8. What is a tornado "warning"?
9. How do I find out about a warning if my electricity is already out?
10. What are the characteristics of a tornado?