Tornado Strikes Atlanta; More Severe Weather Predicted Today

The Unquiet Library would like to alert our patrons to the fact that severe weather is predicted for our area today, Saturday, March 15.  It now appears a tornado struck downtown Atlanta and the Cabbagetown area last evening.  You can visit www.ajc.com or WXIA for complete coverage of last night’s horrible storm.

We urge our patrons to be weather wise and to stay tuned to local media, including the National Weather Service page out of Peachtree City, so that you can be aware of developing severe weather later today.

What should you do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado?  Here is sound advice from the Tornado Safety Page from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City:

Before the Storm

  • Develop a plan for you and your family for home, work, school, and when outdoors.
  • Know your county and the surrounding counties in order to follow the movement of the storms.
  • Have a NOAA Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery backup to receive warnings.
  • Listen to local radio and television for information.
  • If planning outdoor activities…monitor latest forecasts and take necessary actions if threatening weather is possible.

If a warning is issued or threatening weather approaches

  • In a home or building move to a pre-designated shelter, such as a basement.
  • If an underground shelter is not available, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Remember to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Get out of automobiles.
  • Do NOT try to outrun a tornado in an automobile.
  • Mobile homes, even tied down, offer little protection and should be abandoned.

Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of approaching storms and take the necessary precautions.

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