11:45am Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dangerous Weather Predicted for Gordon County Today / Tonight

Sheriff Mitch Ralston Announces:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) has predicted severe weather, including the possibility of strong thunderstorms with high winds/heavy rain, hail, and tornadoes for Northwest Georgia later today and throughout tonight. The highest threat is predicted to be overnight as the dangerous storm front moves through this area. The danger of tornadoes is particularly menacing at night, as visibility is restricted and most people are asleep. Extra deputy sheriffs and storm-ready 4WD vehicles are being deployed throughout the county during the peak hours of the danger. Senior Sheriff’s Office staff are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving weather situation and are receiving reports regularly from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). The Sheriff’s Office appreciates and works closely with our public safety partners both in County and City government, and Sheriff’s Office supervisory officers communicate regularly with our colleagues in Fire/Rescue, Public Works, and other agencies. Families should designate a pre-arranged ‘safe place’ inside of homes in which to shelter in a dangerous storm. Flashlights should be ready in case of power outages, and cellular telephones charged.  Everyone should closely monitor the weather situation throughout today and tonight via the NWS and commercial media outlets.”