Thunderstorms are common in Georgia. On average you can expect 45 to 55 days with thunderstorms each year. Personal injury and property damage can occur as a result of the many hazards thunderstorms produce...including lightning, hail, damaging wind (downburst or straight line), torrential flood-producing rainfall, and infrequent tornadoes.
What is a "Severe" Thunderstorm?
These are storms that produce large hail and/or wind gusts strong enough to cause damage. The National Weather Service has adopted criteria that must be met before a storm is classified as "severe":
wind gusts in excess of 57 miles an hour and/or
hail with a diameter of at least 1 inch (the size of quarter)
If you see hail the size of dimes or larger, or if you experience wind damage (including downed trees or power lines)...
contact the NWS toll free at 1-866-763-4466
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Thunderstorms with large hail or damaging wind have been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.