Sunday's Tornado Confirmed in Henry County
Today in McDonough, the Henry County Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service conducted assessments of the damage left behind from Sunday evening’s storms. The assessments were conducted in Eastern Henry County in and around the Sleepy Hollow Subdivision off Honey Creek Road.
Although the damage was only light to moderate, the assessments revealed that an EFO Tornado did indeed touch down. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported and the damage was not severe.
Tornadoes can happen at any point during the year, but there are peak times and months of the year when they are most likely to occur. In Georgia, spring time has historically been the most prevalent time in which we have experienced tornadoes, as this is when air can become unstable due the clashing of warm and cold air. The summer is also a peak period for tornadoes; however this is a more prevalent period for the northern states.
Unfortunately, Georgia is prone to tornadoes at any time of the year. As a matter of fact, destructive tornadoes have touch down as early as January in Georgia, leaving behind significant damage.
“It's best to be alert at all times of the year, as the weather can get warm and humid even in winter,” stated Henry County Emergency Management Director Don Ash.
Knowing how to stay safe during a tornado is important, and preparing ahead of time is key. Tornadoes usually happen during the spring and summer months so you should check the weather reports daily to see if there is any chance for severe weather. If you're going to be out and about, install some type of weather alert system on your cell phone so you can be warned about weather alerts instantly, regardless of your location. The safest place to be is the lowest level of your home, preferably the basement or storm cellar if you have one. If you do not have a basement or storm cellar, go to lowest place of your home toward the center and away from windows, such as a bathroom on the lower level in the interior of the house. Taking shelter in the bathtub and covering yourself and your family could protect you from flying debris. Finally, invest in an emergency weather radio since tornadoes can often happen during the night.
For more information on weather preparedness, visit: www.co.henry.ga.us/911/ or contact Henry County Emergency Management Director Don Ash at 678-725-8720.