Butts County GA (2)As Spring continues to roll in, the thunderstorms become a greater threat than usual and over the next 24 hour period, Butts County will be at an increased alert for thunderstorms and the hazards associated with them. Today and into tonight, strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across north and central Georgia as a strong upper level system and associated cold front will approach the state this afternoon. The system will push through the state overnight and thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of the front.

There is a strong chance that isolated severe storms will accompany this system, either embedded within a squall line or from discrete thunderstorms developing ahead of the squall line.

Although damaging winds will be the main threat, a few embedded tornadoes and large hail are also possible. Estimated timing of the squall line is entering northwest georgia by late afternoon or early evening, the Atlanta metro area by mid evening and across central Georgia during the late evening and early Friday morning hours.

Rainfall amounts will be heavy at times, especially across north and parts of central Georgia where widespread 1 to 2 inches are expected. These rainfall amounts could result in brief minor flooding of a few area streams and rivers as well as other typical low-lying, flood prone areas.

Because these storms can likely occur late at night or in the early morning hours, there is an increased danger because most people may be asleep when the storm fronts come through this area, decreasing the awareness of threat levels and developing weather information. To help ensure awareness and increase alertness to developing weather threats, here are some helpful suggestions:

  • Review family contingency plans for finding safe shelter in the event of a tornado or severe weather event. 
  • If you have a NOAA weather radio, make sure that it is working and that it has battery backup power.
  • You can sign up TODAY for the CodeRED emergency warning system by going to https://cne.coderedweb.com and signing up to receive FREE weather alerts for Butts County. It is best to add both your landline and cell phone if you have both
  • Make sure your cell phone is close at hand in case landline phones go out.
  • If you need help signing up for CodeRED, you can call the Butts County Emergency Operations Center at 770-775-8232 and ask a 911 Operator to assist you.

Be alert and be safe!