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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

August 19, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Right now, dark clouds on the horizon in south Georgia are a welcome sight for many.  "To me it just looks like a heavy rainmaker. And rain's a good thing right now, we could use it," said Thomasville Fire Chief Bryan Croft.

But emergency officials point out, storms can be unpredictable, and no one knows for sure what Fay has in store.  "It just all depends on what it does, they have a mind of their own. Rain is all we're hearing right now, but again it can change. That's why we need to monitor it at all times," said Croft.

As of yesterday evening at 5, it looked like Fay wouldn't come near southwest Georgia. But already, in forecasts her path appears to be changing.  "One of the biggest things is keep track of your local news. Keep track of your weather channel for the farther forecast," said Croft.

Even if Thomasville doesn't experience the worst of the storm, it could see increased traffic from Florida evacuees.  Another thing to look out for is lots of rain resulting in flooding of area rivers and streams.  "If you don't know the roads, and there's a large amount of water, don't go driving through it, because you don't know what's going to happen," said Croft.

 Executive Director of the Red Cross Wiregrass Chapter Kristen Riggs said, "At this point we're not planning on opening shelters, but if 20 or 30 families are flooded out of their homes we definitely will."

If nothing else, officials say Fay could serve as a warning.  "The main thing is be prepared way before this. Hurricane season comes every year. Look at making your plan, and having your plan ready by the beginning of hurricane season," said Croft. But if you're still unprepared, emergency officials stress you should take action now, before its too late.

 More tips emergency officials offer is to make sure all of your important documents are in eather proof containers and make sure you have plenty of needed medications.

 

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