Coffee County to get new weather station to examine anomalies

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NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — Many remember the March 2007 EF-4 tornado that demolished Enterprise High School, destroyed more than 100 homes in the city, and killed eight students.

Nearly 14 years later, severe weather is never far from the minds of Coffee County residents.

With that in mind, James Brown, director of the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency, said the county will receive a free weather station from the Barron’s Institute.

It will include a camera that will be placed more than 80 feet in the air and will allow EMA officials to better see approaching storms on the horizon.

Brown said he hopes it can be placed on top of a water tower.

“I can put (it) above 80 feet so we can look out into the clouds, and as things are approaching, we’ll be able to better know where things are at and what’s going on,” he said.

Brown said he plans to eventually compile a network of these weather stations for coffee county.

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