Expires 8:00 PM EDT on August 23, 2014
Statement as of 8:19 PM EDT on August 22, 2014
... Heat advisory remains in effect from noon to 8 PM EDT
* locations... portions of central and East Georgia along and south
of a line from Lumpkin to Forsyth to Athens.
* Heat index values... up to 107.
* Impacts... heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible.
A heat advisory means that a period of dangerous heat is
expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity
will create heat index readings of at least 105 degrees. Drink
plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned room and stay out
of direct sunshine. Remember... the elderly... very Young... and
people with heart conditions are most at risk in extreme heat.
Friends... relatives... and neighbors should check on people who
may be at risk.
When possible... reschedule strenuous activities to the early
morning or the evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat
exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting
clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce your
risk during outdoor work... the occupational safety and health
administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in
shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat
should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an
emergency... call 911.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 4:00 PM EDT on August 22, 2014
... NWS damage survey for 08/20/14 tornado event...
... Weak EF1 tornado tracks in far eastern Murray and northwest
.Murray-Gilmer County tornado...
estimated peak wind: 95 mph
path length /statute/: 1.7 miles
path width /maximum/: 300 yards
Start date: Aug 20 2014
start time: 627 PM EDT
start location: 3 miles NNW Pleasant Hill
start lat/lon: 34.7881 N, -84.6262 W
End date: Aug 20 2014
end time: 629 PM EDT
end location: 1 mile N Pleasant Hill
end lat/lon: 34.7750 N, -84.6058 W
National Weather Service survey team determined that an EF1
tornado touched down in far eastern Murray County before crossing
the Turkey Mountain Ridgeline and moving southeast into extreme
northwestern Gilmer County. Once it crossed into Gilmer County the
tornado paralleled GA Hwy 2 as it snapped and uprooted trees. The
tornado was on the ground for approximately 2 minutes before
lifting prior to the intersection of Barnes drive and GA Hwy 2. In
total hundreds of trees were downed. Straight line winds that
accompanied the storm that produced this tornado also caused
damage to nearby homes... producing minor damage to roofs.
EF0... weak... ... 65 to 85 mph
EF1... weak... ... 86 to 110 mph
EF2... strong... .111 to 135 mph
EF3... strong... .136 to 165 mph
EF4... violent... 166 to 200 mph
EF5... violent... >200 mph
the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS