Yes, the tornado watches in Georgia should be upgraded to tornado warnings. The American South has already seen more than its fair share of death and destruction as the result of tornadoes. The Weather Service should upgrade these watches to warnings in order to ensure the safety of the people of Northwest Georgia.
Yes, local tornado watches should be upgraded to tornado warnings, but only if they have the potential to hurt or kill a lot of people. Everyone should be warned ahead of time if a tornado is coming toward them. We need to be aware of any potential catastrophic events in our area.
Local tornado watchs mean that the conditions are ripe for a tornado, and if no one has spotted a tornado they do not need to panic, and hide underground. THey should just stay close to shelter, so that if there is a tornado they can get to safety quickly. The system does not need to change.
The designation of whether a weather event is a warning or a watch is determined by existing standards that have been developed by the meteorologist community. They have a lot of experience on whether or not a event as a tornado would be classified as a watch or a warning.