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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 6:46 PM
— Ham radio operators are a big part of emergency communications in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Now, local operators are taking part in the largest ever amateur radio severe weather drill. It simulates what would happen if a massive weather disaster happened here.
Just steps away from the WHIO-TV newsroom, ham radio experts come in whenever there’s the potential for severe weather to the SKYWARN office. There, Mike Carter and Don Parker today were communicating with the outside world using ham radios in a drill called Black Swan.
“Dayton SKYWARN will be putting out the weather alerts that we receive from National Weather Service. This is basically following the same event we had June 29, 2012, where we had a derecho come through and do all the damage,” Don Parker, Dayton SKYWARN coordinator said.
While this is only an exercise, it mimics what’s happening now in Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory lost power from Hurricane Maria, which is keeping people there in a black hole of communications.
Volunteers with the American Radio Relay League, which certifies ham radio operators, flew to the island to help connect Puerto Ricans with their loved ones.
“They put a call out for ham radio operators on Monday ... on Thursday, 50 of them went down. They had over 350 people apply for that and they will send those down to relive the ones already down there,” Parker said.
The important role amateur radio operators play in times of disaster is why they are participating in the Black Swan exercise. This way if anything happens, they will be ready to help.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:58 PM
— A spring snow storm will bring the biggest impacts to Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning’s commutes.
“Be sure to keep this in mind when you head out the door,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
The official start of spring is 12:15 p.m. today, March 20.
TUESDAY EVENING: Rain showers will change over to snow. Roads may stay mainly wet for the drive, but after sunset it will quickly accumulate.
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.
OVERNIGHT: Snow falls and will accumulate quickly. Temperatures stay below freezing, so expect snow covered roads through the night.
WEDNESDAY MORNING: Snow will still actively fall during the morning drive. Accumulations will be 3 to 4 inches for most.
“Snow covered roads will be slick and blowing, as well as drifting snow will be a problem,” says Zontini.
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Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:43 AM
ATLANTA — A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.
SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS: More than 130 severe weather reports in all yesterday and overnight -- including large hail, damaging wind, and tornadoes.— Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) March 20, 2018
Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service will be out determing where tornadoes touched down. pic.twitter.com/9sPpmA2nGx
“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”
In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.
Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.
But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.
Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.
“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”
The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.
The Haralson County School District will be closed tomorrow, March 20th, due to storm damage throughout our community...Posted by Haralson County School District on Monday, March 19, 2018
Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.
“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.
Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.
To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.
“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”