BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER
During spring in Georgia, there is an increased threat in
severe thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce
strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding.
Keep your family safe by understanding the primary threats
during a thunderstorm.
Before a Thunderstorm:
Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to
identify a thunderstorm hazard:
- A severe thunderstorm watch means there
is the potential for severe thunderstorms (damaging winds/large hail) to impact
your area within the next 6 hours.
- A severe thunderstorm warning means a
severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised
to take shelter, do so immediately.
*Note, a severe thunderstorm refers to a
thunderstorm producing winds of 58 mph or greater, 1-inch (quarter) sized hail
or larger, and/or a tornado.
During a Thunderstorm:
- If there is a thunderstorm in the area, go
quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
- If shelter is not available, go to the lowest
- Listen to a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio
or radio for the latest updates.
- Avoid taking a shower or a bath during a
- Do not use electrical items such as computers or
television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage
After a Thunderstorm:
After the storm passes remember to:
For more information on staying prepared during a thunderstorm, visit Ready GA.
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn
around, don’t drown!
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local power company.