Storm system on its way

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another potentially dangerous storm system could hit Covington County today, and local residents should prepare themselves, said county EMA director Susan Harris late Monday afternoon.

Harris said thunderstorm activity will begin in the early morning.

“This system is a lot like the April 15 storm,” she said. “The system should be west and north of Covington County; however, we did receive a F1 tornado during that storm. Around 3 p.m. we should expect the brunt of the storm.”

Weather reports indicate the storm showers will begin after 1 a.m. There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

“Some of those could be very severe,” she said.

The high today is expected to be around 88 degrees.

“It will be windy, too,” she said. “Expect a south wind between 15 and 25 mph, with some gusts as high as 35 mph.”

Harris said the weather will continue throughout the night; however, on Thursday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 78.

Harris reminded residents about the importance of having a disaster safety plan.

“Remember, have a plan before the sirens sound,” she said. “When we’re under a watch, no sirens sound, but you can tell the weather is going to get bad,” she said. “That’s when you should start paying attention to the weather by whatever means you use – television, radio, Internet.

“During a warning, the sirens go off every 10 to 15 minutes until the warning is over,” she said.