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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia: Tornado safety

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - We've been covering Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia and tonight, we're focusing on Tornado safety.

Thankfully, tornadoes are somewhat rare in our area, but they can happen any time of the day and any month of the year, so we need to be prepared.

Often, before the storm the Storm Prediction Center will issue a Tornado Watch. This means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes during the watch period and you should be aware of changing weather conditions.

If a tornado has been spotted by the public or indicated on Doppler radar, the National Weather Service will issue a Tornado Warning. This is when you need to take immediate action!

If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, you should stay away from doors and windows, go to the lowest floor of your home or building, and turn up the TV to hear the "all clear" for your area before coming out of your safe place.

You can find additional preparedness tips by visiting www.ready.gov/tornadoes. The site has some great information on how to prepare before the storm, and how to stay safe during and after the storm.

Georgia averages about 30 tornadoes per year, and while that's not as many as some states deal with, it's still a threat we have to be aware of.

This Friday morning at 9:00, the National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill. Many schools and organizations across Georgia will participate.
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