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Severe weather possible Jan. 12 as storms move through Georgia
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A cold front pushing through the Southeast is expected to bring severe storms to Dawson County the afternoon and evening of Jan. 12, according to the National Weather Service.

Dawson County and surrounding northeastern and central Georgia counties are under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. 

Much of the region, including Dawson County, is also in the enhanced risk category for severe storms Thursday, which could mean an increased chance of isolated tornadoes, strong damaging winds and frequent lightning. 

Wind gusts of 30-40 mph are currently predicted for the region, stated a Thursday morning NWS advisory.

Hail up to an inch is also expected in some areas of Georgia under the enhanced risk, said NWS forecaster Ansley Long.

In the case of a tornado, the National Weather Service says to move to the lowest level of your house or an interior room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Basements are ideal to take cover. Cover your head and neck to protect from falling debris. 

For more information about emergency preparedness in Dawson County, click here or follow the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services’ Facebook page. 

To see more specific on Thursday’s forecast, go to the National Weather Service website here.