Severe Weather Alert

Gov. Deal Declares State of Emergency

by Hunt Archbold - Douglasville Patch

alt

Preliminary tornado reports as of 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 as plotted on Convective Outlook from the National Weather Service. Courtesy NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center Facebook page.


A tornado watch has been issued for a large swath of north Georgia and metro Atlanta until 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

In preparation for severe storms that have caused extensive damage in states to the west, Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, which will free up all state resources needed for preparation and response in the counties targeted by the storm.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for a large swath of north Georgia and metro Atlanta until 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 28.

The watch area includes all of northwest Georgia and metro Atlanta, including Bartow, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Oconee, Paulding, and Gwinnett counties. A flood watch is in effect for many north Georgia counties until early Thursday morning.

Overnight, the storms appeared to be weakening as they approached the state with the threat of tornadoes diminishing. Forecasters predicted Tuesday morning’s rain should stop or diminish by late morning, with another round of heavy rain expected to hit the north Georgia and metro Atlanta area by late afternoon.

More rain is in the forecast Wednesday as rainfalls of up to 5 inches are possible through Wednesday.

“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal said in a news release around 11 p.m. Monday. “Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.

“The state is sending the latest weather information we have available to affected schools districts, so that they can make informed decisions as they plan for tomorrow. I recommend that Georgians download the Ready Georgia app, follow GEMA on Twitter and tune in to media reports as the weather develops.”

The state of emergency will extend until the threat subsides.



More Local

Second suspect in slaying charged with murder

Kerven Silvera Telsey Jr., 21, a suspect in a local homicide who was arrested almost two weeks ago in Florida, was booked into the Coweta Co ... Read More


UPDATE

Teen with cystic fibrosis dies

Coweta teen Cole Croteau battled cystic fibrosis every day of his life. In the past two years, the battle became tougher, Cole got sicker, a ... Read More


Pinewood exec lauds impact of filmmaking

When Pinewood Studios agreed to expand into the United States, no one had any idea the economic impact it would have. Addressing the Newnan- ... Read More


Middle school volleyball championship postponed

Coweta’s middle school volleyball championship game has been postponed for a week amid questions on Lee Middle School’s eligibil ... Read More


No suspects named in Newnan triple shooting

Newnan authorities are still investigating last week’s drive-by shooting that left two men and a woman injured, but the victims are im ... Read More

Man arrested after pursuit through Newnan

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com A man received numerous charges after he led officers with the Newnan Police Department and Coweta County Sh ... Read More