The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is monitoring a swath of severe thunderstorms, for which they have issued a severe thunderstorm watch. Far north Georgia is included in the watch area.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
A watch is not the same as a warning. A watch serves as a tool of preparation. Conditions are favorable, so you should be mindful of rapidly changing conditions and make sure that supplies in your disaster kit are ready. Although tornadoes are not the main threat, as mentioned, severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes, so you should not let your guard down. The map shown outlines the area within the severe thunderstorm watch box. The expected weather conditions, which constitute the watch include The watch was put in effect at 8:05 a.m. and will last until 1 p.m. The weather expected that warrants the watch are:
HAIL TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
Earlier, the SPC had forecasted a slight risk for severe weather for this same area. Be ready to take shelter if a warning is issued for your area.
Roberta B., in Clarkesville reports, “”Been listening to it thunder.”