County may see severe storm today

Published 11:59 pm Monday, January 5, 2009

Covington County could see severe weather today, including the possibility of tornadoes or flooding in low-lying areas.

“We’ve got a chance of severe weather coming in tomorrow, somewhere between 10 a.m. and noon,” said Jeremie Schafer, assistant director of the Covington County EMA. “There will be some rain coming in early ahead of the line of storms, but the biggest threat we’re looking at right now is high winds, with gusts that could reach up to 60 mph.”

Schafer said some areas of the county will be placed under a flash flood watch sometime Tuesday afternoon, although an exact time was not known as of Monday.

“Because we’ve had so much rain recently, there’s a chance there could be flooding in low-lying areas,” Schafer said. “Make sure that you pay attention to your outlets of information, like televisions and radios.”

Reports also indicate that isolated tornadoes and hail could be possible during today’s storm activity.

“The biggest thing is everyone needs to try and keep of the streets if at all possible,” Schafer said. “If you’re out in the storm, get out of the rain and find a severe building to take shelter in. Secure anything outside that’s loose or could become a flying object to cause damage to people or structures.

“Finally, make sure to take care of your pets. Don’t leave them out in the storm, if at all possible.”