Hunter told the story of the song in an interview with The Boot
: "I got to write with a couple of guys, one of which I'd never written with before, by the name of Mike Busbee. I was also writing with Gordie Sampson, who was one of the co-writers I write with, and he's from Canada. He comes in with this idea called 'Storm Warning.' A lot of times we come up with ideas we can write around and try to figure out what we can relate to. On this day, I don't know why, I took 'Storm Warning,' and went from weather to love in a heartbeat. As a 19-year-old, I figured out that it made me feel like the girl I was interested in at the time was not bad news, but not necessarily good for me. I wanted to spend time with her, I wanted to get to know her, but at the back of my mind I knew that it was probably going to end soon and it wasn't going to end well. There were red flags all over, but I just ignored them. That's what I related to, for whatever reason, and we ended up writing that exact thing."