Georgia Severe Weather Awareness Week – Day 2: Thunderstorms

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia…a time when severe weather strikes we can all prepare.

The week runs February 7-11, with a nationwide tornado drill taking place Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Tuesday is about thunderstorms and what makes them bad.

The ingredients for a thunderstorm are moisture, unstable air, and a buoyancy mechanism. A typical thunderstorm is 15 miles across and lasts 30 minutes.

There are around 100,000 thunderstorms each year, but only 10 percent of them are severe.

For a thunderstorm to be considered severe, it must meet at least one or more of the following conditions: wind speeds of 90 km/h or greater, hail at least one inch in diameter, or a tornado.

Which brings us to Wednesday’s topic… tornadoes.

Tornadoes are Georgia’s number one weather-related killer. They can happen all year round, so it’s important to prepare in advance.

On Wednesday, Georgia residents are encouraged to put their tornado safety skills into practice as part of Ready Georgia’s PrepareAthon! for tornado safety.

Also, become familiar with terms used to identify a tornado hazard.

A tornado clock means a tornado could be developing. It means a tornado is possible. stay alert

A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or detected on radar. You must take cover now.

To make sure you always get storm warnings, download the free weather app WSAV Storm Team 3. Turn on notifications to receive notifications.

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