Tropical Storm Nestor brings much-needed rain to Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A drought has been taking place in the Wiregrass for quite a while.

“We’ve had some wildfires as well as structure fires in the last few weeks. Our fire departments have been running full speed ahead for the last month,” Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah said.

Tropical Storm Nestor, the storm that has been threatening the gulf, is coming with high winds and heavy rain and expecting to make some kind of impact in the Florida Panhandle.

However, the circle city was prepared to feel some of the effects.

“With any type of storm, we started preparing. We were looking at the predictions from the National Weather Service and we thought we would have a lot more rain. Everything from I-10 north storm warnings has been dropped, so we’re happy about that. We’re just getting a little rain,” Judah said.

For some out of town visitors, who were vacationing in Panama City Beach, they say they noticed the change of weather and perhaps altered their plans.

“To us, it was a bit like tornado activity and a rainstorm. We didn’t think it was bad at first and then we looked out the window and the ocean was getting a little closer,” said Margaret Trammell, a visitor from Indiana.

“We just drove to Port St. Joe and contribute to the economy down there. That was the day yesterday, and then we drove back. We were going to play putt-putt golf yesterday, but the rain didn’t allow it. No beach time, so yeah,” said Mike Howells, a visitor from St. Louis, Missouri.

As of lately, we haven’t seen much rain so EMA Director Chris Judah warns those to be careful during this time.

“When you’re out on the roads, slow down, use your headlights and wipers, and obey the traffic laws. Just be careful out there.”

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