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... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 11:54amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 1:27amTarget Area: Dade

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 11:54amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 11:00pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Is Extended For The Following Rivers ... South Chickamauga Creek Near Chickamauga Tn Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties .rain Will Keep The River In Flood For The Next Couple Of Days. ...flood Warning Extended Until Tuesday Morning...the Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 10:46amExpires: February 26, 2019 at 7:00amTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 8:00pmTarget Area: Chattooga

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Etowah River Near East Canton Affecting Cherokee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Etowah River Near East Canton. * Until Further Notice. * At 845 Am Saturday The Stage Was 19.6 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:29amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:29pmTarget Area: Cherokee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 11:15pmTarget Area: Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 26, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 27, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Floyd; Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Tonight...the Flood Warning Continues For The Oconee River Near Penfield. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 8:15amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Clarke; Greene; Oconee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. * At 600 Am Saturday The Stage Was 578.7 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 7:26amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 9:25pmTarget Area: Floyd

Waycross Ware Co. GA
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