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Public Information Statement

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
600 AM EST WED FEB 03 2016

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN GEORGIA. TODAY WE WILL
DISCUSS TORNADO SAFETY.

IN GEORGIA...THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH REPORTED TORNADOES IS
SIX. TORNADOES HAVE BEEN REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR...BUT ARE MOST
LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM MARCH TO MAY.

FROM 1950 TO 2014... GEORGIA HAS AVERAGED 26 TORNADOES PER YEAR.
TORNADOES HAVE BEEN REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR... BUT ARE MOST
LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM MARCH TO MAY. TORNADOES ARE ALSO MOST LIKELY IN
THE MID AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING TIME FRAME...BUT CAN OCCUR ANY
TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. THIRTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF ALL TORNADOES ARE
CLASSIFIED AS STRONG OR VIOLENT...AND THESE TORNADOES ARE MOST
LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE MONTH OF APRIL. IN GEORGIA...TORNADOES ARE
OFTEN HARD TO SEE AS THEY ARE WRAPPED IN AREAS OF RAIN AND HAIL.
THE TALL TREES AND HILLY TERRAIN CAN ALSO LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO SEE A
TORNADO.

TORNADOES ARE VIOLENTLY ROTATING COLUMNS OF AIR...EXTENDING FROM THE
THUNDERSTORM...THAT IS IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND. TORNADOES CAN
VARY IN SHAPE...SIZE...AND INTENSITY. MOST TORNADOES ARE
WEAK...LASTING A FEW MINUTES AND PRODUCING WINDS OF LESS THAN 100
MPH. HOWEVER...A FEW TORNADOES ARE STRONG OR EVEN VIOLENT. THESE
TORNADOES LAST FROM 20 MINUTES TO OVER AN HOUR AND CAN PRODUCE WINDS
OF BETWEEN 100 AND 300 MPH.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.

THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION IN PLACE BEFORE
THREATENING WEATHER DEVELOPS. KNOW WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SPC
WATCH AND WARNING ARE. A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES TO DEVELOP...BUT THERE IS NOT AN IMMINENT
THREAT. A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO HAS BEEN DETECTED AND AN
IMMINENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY HAS DEVELOPED.

KNOW YOUR AREA SO YOU CAN TRACK STORMS. LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER
RADIO...LOCAL TV...OR RADIO REPORTS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BATTERY
BACKUP. MONITOR AREA FORECASTS TO KNOW IF THREATENING WEATHER IS
POSSIBLE WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

IF A TORNADO IS IMMINENT...AND YOU ARE IN A HOME OR BUILDING...MOVE
TO A PRE-DESIGNATED SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR...SUCH AS A
BASEMENT...SMALL INTERIOR ROOM...CLOSET...BATHROOM...OR
HALLWAY...AND GET UNDER A STURDY PIECE OF FURNITURE. REMEMBER TO
ALWAYS PUT AS MANY WALLS BETWEEN YOU AND THE OUTSIDE AS POSSIBLE.

STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

GET OUT OF AUTOMOBILES. DO NOT TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR.
IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE OR IN A VEHICLE...LIE FLAT IN A NEARBY
DITCH OR DEPRESSION...BUT BE AWARE OF POSSIBLE FLOODING...AND COVER
YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

MOBILE HOMES OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM TORNADOES. YOU SHOULD
LEAVE A MOBILE HOME AND GO TO THE LOWEST FLOOR OF STURDY NEARBY
BUILDING OR A STORM SHELTER.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON TORNADOES...PLEASE VISIT
WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV

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