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Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton
Image of severe thunderstorm warning, image issued by National Weather Service at Peachtree City at 9:39 a.m.

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.



(April 19, 9:52 a.m.)The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 3 p.m. for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties.

The counties under the tornado watch are: Clayton Cobb Dekalb Douglas Fayette Fulton Henry Newton Rockdale Carroll Haralson Paulding Polk.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for central Fulton and southeastern Cobb counties until 10 a.m.

A few tips on preparing for a possible tornado:

o A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area. 
o A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately. 

When a Tornado WATCH is Issued

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for the latest weather forecasts, or download the Ready Georgia mobile app at 
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train. 

When a Tornado WARNING is Issued

If you are inside, go to the safe place and protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. If you're in a motel/hotel, go to an interior hallway. If there is none, get away from windows; you can also pull a matress on top of you.
If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area and use your arms to protect your head. 
If you are in a car, you can drive in a 90 degree angle away from the tornado; but remember, tornados can travel up to 60 mph and they do not follow roadways. If you see a tornado developing, get out of your car (or mobile home) immediately and seek safety indoors (shopping centers, churches, schools) or lie down in a low lying area such as a ditch or culvert and cover your head with your arms. DO NOT get under your car.

After the Tornado Passes

Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area. 
Listen to the radio for information and instructions. 
Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage. 
Do not use candles at any time.

A few tips on assembling a tornado preparedness kit:

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing
• First aid kit and essential medications.
• Canned food and can opener.
• At least three gallons of water per person per day.
• Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags.
• Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
• Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
• Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to restore natural gas service.)