The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia has issued a Tornado Watch for Chattooga County and all of Northwest Georgia until 2 PM this afternoon. Cherokee County, Alabama also has a Tornado Watch in effect until 9 AM Central Time.
A Tornado Watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather.
During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move to a place of safety if threatening weather approaches.