Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Georgia's Emergency Management Agency is continuing to encourage folks this week to get prepared for severe weather. Thursday's topic focuses on lightning safety which is the state's third highest weather-related cause of death.
Lightning strikes the ground an estimated 25 million times each year in the United States, and all too often the consequences are deadly.
It has the potential to travel more than 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. That's why officials with the state's "Ready Georgia Campaign" are urging people to learn to "30/30" rule. If you hear thunder less than 30 seconds after you see lightning, go indoors and stay there at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder. Experts say this rule can come in handy when an unexpected lightning strike moves into your area.
"It is important that once you hear the thunder, you need to seek shelter as soon as you hear it and never seek shelter under a tree. You want to go into a home. You don't want to be under a tree and you don't want to be in an open area either. Those are two things you don't want to do," says WALB Meteorologist Chris Zelman.
Officials also want to clear up a common misconception about carrying for someone who's been hit by lightning
Even if someone has been struck, they carry no electrical charge and performing CPR or rescue breathing is completely safe for you and the patient.