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Early warning system available for Lowndes residents

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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - For citizens in Lowndes County, a new weather warning system has been introduced just in time for tornado season.

"From now until the end of April, first of May is when we start to see a lot more tornado activity," says Ashley Tye, Lowndes County's Emergency Management Director. 

Now, under the county's already established Code Red Alert System, a new weather warning system is being offered.

County Manager Joe Pritchard says, "The Weather Warning system is an additional layer of notification that we've made available to the citizens to give them the advantage of early warning for potential hazardous weather."

To take advantage of the service, citizens can log onto the county website to register as many phones as they want.  Every registered phone will receive a call the moment a warning goes into affect. The best part? It's free.

Within its first two weeks of operation, the new weather warning system has seen almost 4,000 phones registered. County workers are pleased that so many citizens are taking advantage of this potentially life-saving service.

Previously, weather warnings took a costly amount of time.  "The advantage of the weather warning service is those calls are initiated automatically. As soon as the National Weather Service issues the warning, the calls begin going to the areas effected by the warning," says Tye.

With hurricane season on the near horizon, Lowndes County's new weather warning system couldn't have come at a better time. 

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