Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Prepare for Severe Weather Tomorrow

The weather should be of concern to area residents throughout the day tomorrow and into the evening on Wednesday. Forecasts are still slightly varied as far as the timing of weather events but all are calling for a severe weather event with high damaging winds, hail up to golf ball size, severe storms and the real possibility of tornadoes in some parts of the state.

Most projections expect weather issues to begin as early as late morning on Wednesday and to continue throughout the day and into the evening and possibly into the morning hours of Christmas Eve.

Residents should follow all news sources throughout the day and evening for updates. Areas north of I-20 are currently projected to receive the brunt of this weather system. Winston County is in the lower portion of this area. Various forecast maps have the County well within the warning area and some have the County on the southern edge of severe weather.

The threat of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes is considered significant by the National Weather Service.

Some basic precautions should be taken by those in the path of this system:

  • Top off your gas tanks in your vehicles
  • Prepare any emergency gear - flashlights, weather radios, batteries, water, etc in case of an extended power outage.
  •  Keep your cell phones charged
  • Make a plan to assist the elderly or disabled if the need arises to go to a shelter.
  • Make plans for your pets.
  • Store any outdoor furniture or items in case of high winds.
WinstonWebNews will be monitoring the situation throughout the day and evening and will bring you any updates from the Winston County Emergency Management team as the situation develops. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute updates and warnings. WLSM 107.1 radio will have updates as well.