EMA Director: Now is the time to have a plan for when severe weather hits

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — While a morning briefing went on to prepare for some weather events that will take place Wednesday night into Thursday, several storm cells developed in the morning hours.

The cells turned into straight-line winds, and while Houston County didn’t experience much damage, Dale County did.

“We’ll go ahead and give you a warning now, we do have some weather coming, and as we saw this morning, it can come out of nowhere,” Dothan-Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah said. “Right now, it’s predicted to be about after the 7:00 or so hour tonight into after midnight, and then the wee hours of tomorrow morning, we’re expecting some severe weather, so please be prepared.”

With hurricane season just a few months away, Judah said that now is the time to have a plan in place for when severe weather hits.

“Don’t wait until the last minute,” Judah said. “Go ahead and you know, fill your car up with gas, charge your phone, make sure that you have batteries for your flashlights, things like that. Any type of possible weather like this you always have a chance of power outages and things like that. Let’s be prepared for that.”

The county also has an outdoor weather alert system used to warn people who may be outside.

“If you do hear those weather or those outdoor alert sirens go off, it means there is an event,” Judah said. “There is an emergency, seek shelter, go inside, tune into your news and see what’s going on.”

The EMA will monitor the storm and issue updates as needed, and flash flooding is also possible with the potential of river flooding through the weekend so Judah urges drivers to be safe.

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