Severe Weather Alert: North and Central Georgia Brace for Strong Storms

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Local meteorologists warned residents across north and central Georgia as severe weather threatens to unleash its fury from tonight into early Friday morning. In response to the heightened risk, a special weather briefing/webinar was conducted this afternoon at around 2 PM to arm the community with crucial information.

The briefing, accessible in recorded format here, outlined the looming threat and provided insights into the anticipated impacts.

Overview:

Expect multiple rounds of potent storms to sweep through the region, unleashing havoc and posing significant risks. The severity of the weather is expected to escalate progressively, commencing tonight and persisting until the early hours of Friday morning. North Georgia faces an ENHANCED risk (level 3 of 5) for severe weather tonight, with the danger zone shifting southward to central Georgia on Thursday. Regions falling within the SLIGHT to ENHANCED risk categories are at heightened risk of encountering damaging winds, large hail, and even tornadoes.

Storm Threats:

  • Damaging Winds: Gusts ranging from 60 to 70 mph are anticipated.
  • Large Hail: Hailstones measuring 1 to 1.5 inches could pummel the area.
  • Tornadoes: The looming threat of tornado activity adds to the peril.
  • Heavy Rainfall: Intense downpours may trigger localized or flash flooding, with rainfall estimates ranging from 1 to 3 inches across the area. Some locales could even witness accumulations exceeding 4 inches. The flood risk is elevated across north Georgia tonight, gradually shifting southward through Thursday and into Thursday night.

Preparedness Resources:

Local authorities urge residents to remain vigilant and stay tuned to National Weather Service (NWS) updates. For further guidance and real-time updates, consult the following resources:

As the region braces for the onslaught of severe weather, residents must prioritize safety above all else. Stay indoors, avoid unnecessary travel, and heed all advisories issued by local authorities. Together, we can weather this storm and emerge resilient. Stay safe, Georgia.