DOUGLAS County, Ga. (CBS46) – As severe weather crosses northern Georgia for a second day, the Douglas County government has issued a statement on the county’s emergency sirens.
The county had received inquiries from a number of residents near Kings Highway this week after many could not hear sirens before a tornado touched down in the area on Monday.
The Douglas County Emergency Management Agency was contacted by the National Weather Service at around 10:14 a.m. Monday regarding a tornado that may have touched down near the Bill Arp-Kings Highway. No tornado warning had been issued at that time, although county E-911 dispatchers had received reports of downed trees in the area.
A tornado warning was officially issued by the National Weather Service at around 10:21 a.m., affecting a small area of Sweetwater Creek State Park towards Riverside Drive, by which time two sirens automatically activated.
The county explained that the sirens went off automatically after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after receiving relevant radar data. The county noted that the tornadoes moved so quickly that a warning could not be issued, due to technological constraints, until 10:14 a.m.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado near Kings Highway had swirled up and down quickly for a short two-minute window, so they were unable to alert Douglas County.
The full statement can be read here:
“The Douglas County government has received numerous inquiries as to why residents of the Kings Highway area of Douglas County did not hear a siren before a tornado briefly touched down in their neighborhood.
On Monday, May 3, 2021, at approximately 10:14 a.m., the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency was contacted by the National Weather Service and said it was seeing indications that a tornado may have landed in the area. from the Bill Arp-Kings road. At that time, no tornado warning had been issued. Douglas County E-911 dispatchers had received reports of downed trees in the same area at around the same time.
Shortly thereafter, at 10:21 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a small area in the eastern part of the county from Sweetwater Creek State Park toward Riverside Drive. Two sirens were automatically activated at this time.
The National Weather Service, which issues the tornado warning based on data received from radar, which then triggers sirens to alert the general public, explained to Douglas County that the tornadoes were moving so fast they didn’t ‘had no time technologically to issue a tornado warning. which would have sounded sirens before 10:14 am The National Weather Service informed Douglas County that the Kings Highway tornado turned very quickly and very quickly within two minutes before it could alert us. Therefore, they did not issue a tornado watch. “
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