This year (2017), Georgia will recognize the week of February 6-10 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Severe weather is no stranger to the state as many of us experienced a significant outbreak during January 21-22, 2017, where a record-breaking 41 tornadoes affected much of central and southern Georgia. This week is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the dangers of severe weather, as well as knowing how and when to take proper actions when severe weather is expected and hits. Please take the time now, to review your home/school/businesses preparedness plans as each day is dedicated to a different topic that addresses severe weather preparedness. Throughout the week, the topics to be covered include:
Monday – Family Preparedness (NWR + Wireless Emergency Alerts)
Tuesday – Thunderstorm Safety (Hail & Damaging Wind Threats/Impacts)
Wednesday – Tornado Safety **NWR TEST Warning Message – 9AM**
Thursday – Lightning Safety
Friday – Flash Flooding/Flood Safety
An important aspect of severe weather warnings includes the information received from the public and spotters. Not only do timely and accurate storm reports help the National Weather Service to verify warnings, but they also help meteorologists better relate radar data with corresponding observed weather. If you observe hail (quarter sized or larger), strong/damaging winds, or a funnel cloud/tornado anywhere across north and central Georgia, please report it to the National Weather Service (Peachtree City/Atlanta Office) at 1-866-763-4466. To learn more about our local Skywarn spotter program, visit the Storm Spotter Information page.
Source originally posted: http://www.weather.gov/ffc/swpw_17