Saturday, January 1st, 2022     1:30p.m.

Strong Storms Expected to Impact Gordon County Tonight

Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:

A large, strong weather system moving toward North Georgia from the west is expected to impact Gordon County within the next (approximate) 12-24 hours. The National Weather Service (NWS) has designated parts of Northwest Georgia, including Gordon County, as in an “enhanced” risk (” 3/5″ ) of violent weather area. NWS predicts the risk of heavy rain, high winds, and the possibility of tornadoes. Accordingly, Sheriff’s Office command staff will continue to closely monitor the evolving weather conditions. Extra deputy sheriffs will be deployed as the situation requires, and all sworn personnel are on standby. The Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with other County agencies in anticipation of potentially violent weather. Sheriff Ralston reminds everyone of the increased danger from violent weather during the night time hours, when approaching storms are not visible and people sleeping are especially vulnerable. The sheriff urges everyone to take advantage of available (online, telephone apps, NWS weather radio broadcasts, etc.) warning systems and to monitor the approaching front via the National Weather Service and media outlets.

REMEMBER: A “tornado watch” means conditions are favorable for tornadoes. A “tornado warning” means that a tornado is in your area and cover should be taken immediately. Tornadoes form quickly and minutes, even seconds count. Don’t wait to take cover if a warning is issued!

Sheriff Ralston and staff wishes everyone in Gordon County an especially safe, and happy, new year.