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Severe weather may push through South Georgia Tuesday

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March 3, 2008

Dougherty County -- The National Weather Service told Emergency Management Directors in Georgia the strong cold front driving across the South looks eerily like the storms that blew through one year ago on March 1st, heavily damaging Americus, killing nine people in Georgia.

The conference call with the National Weather Service warned that Tuesday's storms could be severe.

Albany Fire Chief James Carswell said, "We asked the specific question, compare it to last year. And they said it will be close to the same events as last year's."

That storm front spawned the March 1st, 2007 tornadoes that ravaged South Georgia, leaving wide spread destruction in downtown Americus and Baker County. Nine people were killed, and that got the attention of Emergency preparedness officials.

"We know the potential is there for multiple tornadoes to be in the area," Carswell said

So Emergency officials are urging South Georgians to make preparations.

"Have that safety kit. Have a plan. Have a rendezvous point in case your family gets separated. So you can get back together and make sure people are OK. Taking control of your destiny," said Dougherty County Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught.

The latest computer models indicate instability moving across Dougherty County around midday Tuesday, capable of producing damaging straight line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour,

Emergency management urges you to monitor the local forecasts and keep weather radios close by, and if you live in a mobile home, you might want to find better shelter tomorrow afternoon.

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