There is a strong storm system moving towards Georgia that has already produced tornadoes and damaging hail. The storm system is expected to impact the Atlanta area between the hours of 5pm-2am. There is a 5 percent chance of a tornado this evening according to the National Weather service. We are continuing to closely monitor the system as it gets closer. I will be posting information on the Facebook page as the storm progresses. If you have a weather radio, make sure it is on standby and the batteries are good. If you don’t have a weather radio, then check out this app for the iphone and android.
A cold front is pushing through today creating the potential of severe weather across Georgia. March is the official start of the season for tornadoes in Georgia. We have already had several tornadoes touchdown this year. Stay tuned to the latest watches and warnings
Storms have caused widespread damage across the state. A tornado touched down in Adairsville destroying parts of the Daiki plant and flipped 100 cars on I-75. The tornado shut down I-75 for a few hours as crews removed debris and flipped cars. Unfortunately, the storm also took the life of a man in Adairsville.
In Gordon County, eight people were injured as trees and power lines fell around Calhoun. You can read the other damage reports here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/130130_rpts.html
We are very fortunate to have only lost one person in the weather today. The destruction in Adairsville is extensive where there were reports of people being tossed around in their cars.
This storm system is a reminder that parts of Georgia are in the crosshairs of “Dixie Alley”. We all need to prepare for severe weather events as they can strike at any time throughout the year. Having an emergency plan for your family can help save lives. A weather radio with S.A.M.E. will allow you to receive weather alarms for individual counties instead of receiving alarms for areas that do not affect you. For example, when my weather radio sounds an alarm, my family knows that the alarm is for somewhere close by instead of 30 miles across the county. My family knows to listen to the alarm and to seek shelter in the “tornado closet”. Having a plan this simple can mean the difference between life and death. These radios are very inexpensive to purchase online, here is one for less than $25 dollars.