Meteorologists are calling for severe weather with hail, lightning and strong winds being the largest threat. The Weather Channel Tuesday evening listed Northwest Georgia at a moderate risk for tornadoes.
The National Weather Service Tuesday issued a high risk warning for severe weather in a stretch extending from northeast of Memphis to just northeast of Dallas and covering a large swath of Arkansas. Fourteen tornado warnings had been issued in Arkansas by 6 p.m. Tuesday, although there was no confirmation that any funnel clouds touched the ground. According to accuweather.com, through 9 p.m. Tuesday 20 tornadoes had been reported across the region, with damage reported in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
The thunderstorms and tornado danger are expected to shift east through the Tennessee and Ohio valleys Wednesday into Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Bartow County from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.
South winds will increase through late morning, reaching 15 to 25 mph and gusting to 35 mph. Exposed areas and higher elevations could see winds in excess of 40 mph.
With the possibility of tornadoes with today's severe weather, residents are advised to take precautions during the storm, including:
* In a house with a basement, residents should avoid windows. Get in the basement and under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover themselves with a mattress or sleeping bag. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor.
* In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.
-- Information from The Associated Press and National Weather Service was used in this article.