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Athens residents recall tornado 40 years later

Athens residents recall tornado 40 years later

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Like many people who lived in Athens at the time, Anne Shepherd clearly remembers March 31, 1973 - the day the tornado hit.

She and her husband drove quickly to their Best Drive house, got in the basement just minutes before the tornado brought its whirlwind of destruction at about 6:30 p.m. They looked out a window as their lawn furniture blew away, never to be seen again.

Others reported similar experiences, though some saw roofs lifted away instead of lawn furniture. No one knew the full extent of the damage until later.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that it was the second of two tornadoes in Georgia that day. Together, they destroyed 400 homes and damaged 1,784. The unusually violent F-4 tornado left behind an estimated $113 million in damage.

GEMA's 'Ready Georgia' campaign prepares residents for severe storms

GEMA's 'Ready Georgia' campaign prepares residents for severe storms

(WXIA) -- Severe Weather Awareness week began on Monday, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency has organized a campaign to help Georgians get ready for what storms could hit neighborhoods. 

The campaign has been named Ready Georgia, and helps people prepare for the possibility of strong winds, tornadoes and flooding, a spokeswoman said. Even small things, like securing outdoor objects and getting rid of dead tree branches can make a difference. 

According to the spokeswoman, Georgians may not realize how dangerous thunderstorms can be, because they are so common to local areas.

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Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Severe Weather Forecast for Tonight and Monday!

Our pleasant weekend weather pattern is about to change.  A trough in the jetstream to our north will direct a series of disturbances through the area tonight and tomorrow.  The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has forecast a slight risk of severe thunderstorms for Monday.  We will likely see two rounds of Thunderstorms which could turn severe.  The first one will hit overnight and into tomorrow morning the second round will move in later in the day.  Expect damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hair if these Thunderstorms turn severe.

Roswell Hail Video

Check out this incredible hail video from Christine Sever in Roswell last night!

 

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Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

Monster Sunspot Coming Into Earth's Views

I found this article on Space.com and thought you would enjoy it!

An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that our star may soon start spouting off some powerful storms.

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

Crazy Blue Line, What is it??

First and foremost we have strong storms across N Georgia tonight. As of 1am nothing is severe, but don't be surprised if another warning pops up tonight..... That last storm in Forsyth and Hall was on its way down when the NWS issued the warning, I doubt there will be any reports of damage from it. We can expect storms to continue to propagate towards the south tonight, but the main source of energy is now gone.... Which is what this blog is all about.

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Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Atlanta Weather | 5pm Radar Update

Strong storms continue across parts of N Georgia. Right now the strongest storms are located in Paulding and Douglas counties. There is also a strong storm that just popped up in N Fulton county by Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The only reports we have been getting have been from some small hail and heavy rain. Other than that the only  other threat from these storms will be lightning. Motion is towards the SE at around 25 mph and shold start to wind down once the sun starts to go down.

 

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