By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 11, 2019
LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- South Georgia is getting 'weather ready' after Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
The state recognizes Severe Weather Preparedness Week every year. It's an opportunity to make sure families are ready and stay safe in case severe weather strikes.
Officials in Lowndes County said the months of February and March can often bring along severe weather in Georgia, including high winds, the risk of tornadoes and lightning.
"We have someone struck here in Lowndes County almost every year. In 2018 we had multiple lightning victims," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Public Information Officer. "It's important if you hear thunder to know that it's time to take refuge indoors."
Dukes said last year, there were no lightning deaths in Lowndes County, but there were several across Georgia.
Georgia Emergency Management provides safety tips to prepare for severe weather.