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Elbert County Sheriff's Office
Thursday April 5th, 2012 :: 05:12 p.m. EDT

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH in effect for ELBERT COUNTY, GA thru 04/05/12 9:00 PM.

The National Weather Service issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for ELBERT COUNTY until 04/05/12 9:00 PM.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 146 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN GEORGIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES

IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA

ELBERT FRANKLIN HABERSHAM HART RABUN STEPHENS
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A weather warning indicates a confirmed, current and present danger to this area.

Take necessary safety precautions.

When thunderstorms are likely, postpone outdoor activities and avoid going outdoors if at all possible. If you are caught outdoors in a thunderstorm, follow these tips to stay safe until the storm passes:
•If you are in an open area, find a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods.
•If you are in a forested area, find shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees, if possible.
•If you are on open water, get to land immediately and seek shelter.
•If you are in a car, keep the windows closed.
•If you are outdoors and feel your hair stand on end (an indication that lightning is about to strike), do not lie flat on the ground, as your fully-extended body will provide a larger surface to conduct electricity. Instead, squat low to the ground and place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. The goal is to make you the smallest target possible and minimize contact with the ground.
•Stay away from anything made of metal ”“ bicycles, golf clubs, golf carts, motorcycles, tractors and farm equipment.
•Stay away from natural lightning rods, such as a tall tree in an open field, and avoid hilltops, the beach or boats on open water.

If you're indoors when thunderstorms are imminent or occurring in your area, stay inside and follow these tips to secure your home and property:
•Shutter windows and secure outside doors. Also, close your window blinds, shades or curtains, and keep a safe distance from them.
•Secure any objects outside your home that could blow away or cause damage.
•Stay away from faucets, sinks, showers and bathtubs. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
•Avoid using a corded (landline) telephone during a thunderstorm, for the same reason. Cellular/mobile phones are safe to use.
•Unplug electrical appliances such as televisions, computers and corded phones, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges that occur as the result of lightning can cause severe damage to plugged-in electronics and appliances.
•Keep pets inside, on a leash or in a crate or carrier.
•Make sure you have a battery-powered radio or NOAA Weather Radio so you can receive weather alerts and storm updates if you lose power.

Instructions:

•A severe thunderstorm watch is issued when conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area, and indicates when a severe thunderstorm is likely to occur.

Address/Location
Elbert County Sheriff's Office
47 Forest Avenue
Elberton, GA 30635

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 706-283-2421

Alert Details

Severity:
Minor - Minimal to no known threat to life or property
Urgency:
Future - Responsive action SHOULD be taken in the near future
Certainty:
Likely (p > ~50%)
Category:
Meteorological (inc. flood)
Event:
Severe Thunderstorm Statement

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