Severe Storms Possible Today

9:34 AM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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Central Georgia is likely to see rain and storms this afternoon and evening.  Some storms could pose a risk for damaging winds or isolated tornadoes.

It's a good idea to stay informed about the weather today.  Here at 13WMAZ we will keep you updated on TV, online and on mobile.

Weather watches and warnings post instantly to @13WMAZweather on Twitter.  You can also subscribe to text message alerts here.

Here's an explanation of tornado watches and warnings:

The National Weather Service is the organization responsible for issuing and cancelling watches and warnings.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadic storms to develop in and near the watch area.  Watches cover many counties and last for several hours.

If a watch is posted for your location, stay aware of changing weather conditions and make sure that you can receive any warnings.

Unlike watches, a tornado warning requires immediate action.  It means that tornado is believed to exist in the warning area.  Tornado warnings are much smaller than watches and last for a shorter period of time.

Tornado warnings are now issued for an box-like geographic area based on the size and speed of the storm.  Some warning methods will alert an entire county even if parts of it are included in the warning.  Also, do not depend entirely on warning sirens for notification of approaching storms.

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