Storm Ready

Get Ready for Thunderstorms and Lightning

A severe thunderstorm in June 2003 brought hail the size of golf balls, rain that swelled creeks, rivers and lakes, and winds that downed trees and power lines. A 250 ft. galvanized steel cell phone tower atop Sand Mountain in Dade County was toppled by extremely high winds, and concrete pilings that had been buried 29 feet underground were pulled up like stubborn weeds.

All thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

Georgia’s greatest threats from severe thunderstorms are damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Straight-line winds can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph and produce damage similar to a tornado. These winds occur about 19 days per year in Georgia and are most common in the spring and summer months, peaking in July.

Lightning is a deadly by-product of thunderstorms, occuring mostly during the warmer months of June through September. Lightning kills an average of 100 people a year throughout the United States.

Prepare for Thunderstorms and Lightning

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
    • A thunderstorm watch means there is a possibility of a thunderstorm in your area.
    • A thunderstorm warning means a thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Remember the 30/30 lightning safety rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

Make a Thunderstorm Plan

  • If a thunderstorm is likely in your area, postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
  • Avoid showering or bathing during a thunderstorm. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Watch for darkening skies, lightning, increasing winds.
  • Go quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
  • If shelter is not available, go to the lowest area nearby and make yourself the smallest target possible but do not lie flat on the ground.
  • If on open water, get to land and shelter immediately.
  • Things to avoid include:
    • Tall, isolated tree in an open area.
    • Hilltops, open fields, the beach, a boat on the water, isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
    • Anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles

Stay Informed

  • Listen to battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or radio for the latest updates.
  • Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 1:40pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 6:40amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 15.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring And Major Flooding Is Forecast. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 16.1 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 13.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.2 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.5 Feet By Early Wednesday ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 14.3 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Nearly Steady Or Slowly Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 21.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.3 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...forecast Flooding Changed From Minor To Moderate Severity For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...forecast Flooding Increased From Minor To Moderate Severity... The Flood Warning Continues For The Altamaha River At Doctortown. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:21amTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County ...flood Warning Extended Until Further Notice...the Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:16amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 19.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 10:45pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:14amTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Late Tonight, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 5:48amExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00amTarget Area: Dougherty