WTXL, 19 July 2018, Lowndes County holds open house to inform community on severe weather,
LOWNDES COUNTY, Fla. [sic: s.b. Georgia] (WALB)—Lowndes County Emergency services personnel are preparing for an upcoming open house to inform community members of possible severe weather that could strike this season.
Still of Lowndes County EMA Director Ashley Tye from Atlanta Journal-Constitution video 10 September 2017
When: 6-8PM, Thursday, July 26, 2018
Where: 250 Douglas St, Valdosta, GA 31601-5029
Join local emergency responders and Meteorologist Kerri Copello, News Manager for WFXL/Fox 31, for a tour of the EOC and an informational session on the 2018 Hurricane Season to include preparedness information.
Ashley Tye, Lowndes County EMA Director, warning people before Hurricane Irma:
The goal is to prepare Lowndes citizens for potentially rough weather in weeks to come.
Next week, people will be allowed to enter the Emergency Operation Center to hear the forecast for several named storms that could possibly impact the area.
One of the main features that went over well last year and will be repeated this year, is the prep-item table.
It’s a physical display of all the items you can buy to help stay safe and comfortable when storms hit.
…Members of the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency met Thursday with local first responders and with a representative of the National Weather Service who briefed everyone on storm projections, said Paige Dukes, public information officer for the county.
Dukes said 37 agencies that deal with weather emergencies attended the meeting.
Valdosta is only about 80 miles from the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and is often affected by storm systems in the Gulf.
The National Hurricane Center’s projection for the 2018 Atlantic storm season, which includes the Gulf of Mexico, calls for a near-normal to above-normal season, with a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher, of which five to nine could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher.
Of these, one to four could be major hurricanes, category 3, 4 or 5 — with winds of 111 mph or higher, according to forecasters….
Tropical Storm Alberto already caused two sewage spills from Tifton, the biggest of 36,000 gallons, and Valdosta spilled 300,000 gallons last month without even a tropical storm to blame. So preparing for a hurricane or tropical storm seems like a good idea.
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