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Over a three-day period in April 2011, 349 tornadoes swept through the Southeast and other parts of the U.S.

It was one of the deadliest outbreaks ever recorded. More than 300 people died. Most of them were in Alabama.

A book now takes readers into the lives of Alabama residents who experienced the tornadoes’ destruction first-hand.

The work of literary nonfiction is titled “What Stands In A Storm.” It was chosen this year as part of Roswell’s city-wide book club, called “Roswell Reads.”

Forecasters say a heat wave that could deliver the warmest Christmas ever recorded to cities across the South may also fuel tornadoes and storms featuring golf ball-sized hail and damaging winds of up to 70 mph.

The National Weather Service projects that by Wednesday evening, the threat of severe weather will extend from Louisiana through Mississippi and Alabama and into Georgia.

A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.
Mark 'Storm' Farnik / Associated Press

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina struck nearly 500 miles from Atlanta. Even that far away, the storm still caused 18 tornadoes across the state.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak says tornados are only one danger a hurricane poses to the metro area. 

“It can bring high winds that can knock down trees and power lines. It can have a tropical storm that can hover over an area, drop a lot of rain [and] cause severe flooding,” she says. 

That's why Janak says even metro Atlanta residents should have a disaster readiness plan.

A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.
Mark 'Storm' Farnik / Associated Press

March is usually when tornado season begins, but it’s been really quiet this year.

There wasn’t a single tornado in Georgia or its neighboring states last month, according to Jordan McLeod, who’s with the Southeast Regional Climate Center in Chapel Hill.

“It looks like this March will be the first on record since 1950 that there have not been any reported tornadoes,” said McLeod. That’s when the record-keeping began.  

Tornado Season Is Here And Georgians Need To Be Prepared

Mar 20, 2015
A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014.
Mark 'Storm' Farnik / Associated Press

A powerful tornado slammed into the city of Atlanta in 2008, leaving one person dead and injuring several dozen more. The twister shocked and frightened residents of a big city who were not prepared for a storm of that magnitude.

People in large cities like Atlanta may not expect to see a twister barreling through city streets, shredding trees in Centennial Olympic Park or shaking large buildings like the CNN Center or the Georgia Dome, but that’s exactly what happened on the evening of March 14, 2008, just after 9:30.

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