Tornado Ready

 

Get Ready for Tornado Season

In March 2008, a historic EF-2 tornado tore a 6-mile path through the heart of downtown Atlanta, severely damaging many landmark buildings including the Georgia World Congress Center, CNN Center and the Georgia Dome. The next day, two people were killed and hundreds of structures were damaged when another tornado touched down, cutting a 16-mile swath through rural Polk, Floyd and Bartow counties.

 

In March 2007, a record 21 tornadoes touched down in east, middle and south Georgia. The storms left nine people dead, nearly 100 injured, and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The 143-bed Sumter Regional Hospital in Americus took a direct hit from a violent EF-3 tornado with winds of up to 165 mph. The tornado that hit the hospital was a mile wide and cut an astounding 38-mile path through Webster, Sumter and Macon counties.

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear without warning and be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, making advance preparation vitally important.

Prepare for a Tornado

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a tornado hazard.
    • A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
    • A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted in your area, and you need to take shelter immediately.
  • Determine in advance where you will take shelter in case of a tornado warning. Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
  • If underground shelter is not available, go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they attract debris.
  • A vehicle, trailer or mobile home does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
  • If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

Plan to Take Shelter

  • If local authorities issue a tornado warning or if you see a funnel cloud, take shelter immediately.
  • Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.

Stay Informed

  • Local authorities may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for official news and instructions as they become available.
  • After a tornado, be sure to remain out of damaged buildings and stay clear of downed power lines.
  • Help injured or trapped people. Check on others who may require special assistance, such as the elderly, children and people with disabilities.

Local Weather Alerts

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Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Emanuel; Treutlen

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Little Ocmulgee River Near Scotland Affecting Telfair And Wheeler Counties Ohoopee River Near Swainsboro Affecting Emanuel And Treutlen Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:26pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:25amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Washington And Wilkinson Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Oconee River Near Oconee. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 7:23pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:22amTarget Area: Washington; Wilkinson

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 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget 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 22, 2020 at 7:19pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:18amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 12 Pm Saturday The Stage Was 14.5 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 22, 2020 at 1:20pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 1:19pmTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Tucsawhatchee Creek Near Hawkinsville Affecting Pulaski County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:16pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 2:16amTarget 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 Tucsawhatchee Creek Near Hawkinsville Affecting Pulaski County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:16pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 2:16amTarget 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 Tucsawhatchee Creek Near Hawkinsville Affecting Pulaski County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:16pmExpires: February 26, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Washington And Wilkinson Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:09pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 2:08amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Washington And Wilkinson Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:09pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 2:08amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Washington And Wilkinson Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 12:09pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 2:08amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River Near Carsonville Hwy. 19 Affecting Crawford... Talbot...taylor And Upson Counties Flint River Near Montezuma Affecting Dooly...macon And Sumter Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Monday Afternoon...the Flood Warning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 11:54amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00pmTarget Area: Dooly; Macon; Sumter

Flood Warning
...the National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A Flood Warning For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The National Weather Service In Tallahassee Has Issued A * Flood Warning For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). ...Read More.
Effective: February 25, 2020 at 1:00amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 11:25amTarget Area: Decatur

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 Late Tuesday Night...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 7:00pmExpires: February 26, 2020 at 4:00amTarget Area: Lee

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 Afternoon, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 10:45 Am Saturday The Stage Was 17.9 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 5:40pmExpires: February 23, 2020 at 11:16amTarget 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 Sunday Afternoon, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 10:45 Am Saturday The Stage Was 19.9 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 5:36pmExpires: February 27, 2020 at 3:18amTarget Area: Dougherty

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 ...flood Warning Extended Until Sunday Morning...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 11:10amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:09amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 9 Am Saturday The Stage Was 13.8 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring And Record Flooding Is Forecast. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 14.0 Feet By This Evening ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 10 Am Saturday The Stage Was 7.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.0 Feet By This Evening Then ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 9 Am Saturday The Stage Was 18.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 18.5 Feet By Early ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 9 Am Saturday The Stage Was 14.6 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 14.7 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 10 Am Saturday The Stage Was 18.5 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 18.6 Feet By This ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 9 Am Saturday The Stage Was 19.8 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring And Major Flooding Is Forecast. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.2 Feet By Sunday Morning ...Read More.
Effective: February 22, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

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 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget 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 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget 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 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

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 22, 2020 at 9:48amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 9:48amTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Freeze Warning
...freeze Warning In Effect From 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday... * What...sub-freezing Temperatures As Low As 30 Degrees Expected. * Where...coffee, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Appling, Wayne, Atkinson, Pierce And Northern Ware Counties. * When...from 3 Am To 8 Am Est Sunday. * Impacts...frost And Freeze Conditions Could Kill Crops And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 3:00amExpires: February 23, 2020 at 8:00amTarget Area: Appling; Atkinson; Bacon; Coffee; Jeff Davis; Northern Ware; Pierce; Wayne