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The What, When, and Where of Georgia Storms [Infographic]

April 24, 2018

From snow storms to wildfires, we’ve seen a lot of extreme weather in the past 12 months.

As we enter into Georgia’s peak months for tornadoes and thunderstorms, make sure you’re properly prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

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When you hear an alert for poor weather conditions, know what to expect to know what to do.

  • A watch means that a storm is possible. Be on guard!
  • A warning means that a storm is or will be occurring. Take action now!


Many storms can occur anytime of year, but some are more likely in certain seasons. The peak seasons for each type of storm are:

  • Snow and ice: December-January
  • Tornadoes: April-September
  • Thunderstorms: April-September
  • Wildfires: June-September
  • Extreme heat: June-September
  • Hurricanes: June-November


Some storms are more likely to affect certain parts of the state.

Earthquakes are most likely in the following Georgia counties:

  • North Georgia: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, Walker, and Whitfield
  • South Carolina Border: Burke, Chatham, Columbia, Effingham, Elbert, Lincoln, Richmond, and Screven
  • Central and West Central: Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Greene, Hancock, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Muscogee, Newton, Putnam, Twiggs, and Walton

Snow, ice, and other winter weather is most common in northern Georgia.

Hurricanes are most common in areas closest to the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. However, remember that hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage even hundreds of miles inland.


A ready kit will prepare you for any storm. Make sure have supplies for at least 3 days.

Here’s what you need to include:

  • Eat:
    • Water — 3 gallons per person
    • Food — 3 day supply
    • Can opener
  • Stay informed:
  • Navigate:
    • Flashlight
    • Local maps
  • Get help:
    • Whistle
    • First aid kit
  • Charge:
    • Emergency charger (for mobile devices)
    • Batteries
  • Keep clean:
    • Moist towelettes
    • Garbage bags
    • Plastic ties
  • Protect:
    • Face mask
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers


Follow the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency on Facebook and Twitter for timely weather updates.

Ready Georgia
Learn more about all types of Georgia storms.

The national emergency preparedness site.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience and Inferface Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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