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Lowndes County prepares for potentially severe weather

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

The weather may not be too bad right now on Monday afternoon, but in about 24 hours Lowndes County could see heavy rain and potentially damaging winds. Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes says the county is ready.

"Right now public works is takin' a look at all our roads, streets, and bridges that did have some damage from the rain we saw a week or so ago," said Dukes.

"They're puttin' down a lot of material to try to mitigate some of these places so that we don't have water hold again. Also, Emergency management is in close contact with Tallahassee division of the National Weather service," Dukes continued.

The biggest concern with this round of severe weather is trees falling over because the ground is so wet. Because of this threat, Dukes encourages residents to take a look at trees on their property now.

"The next day or so is a great time to look at any trees or shrubs that you have around your house that could have dead limbs that could impact your property."

It's also a good idea to have some extra batteries on hand for things like weather radios and flashlights. That way, if the power does go out you're not left completely in the dark.

"We want citizens to make sure they've got plenty of food, water, flashlights, a NOAA weather radio. They can also sign up for Lowndes County Emergency alerts, Code Red, at our web site, lowndes county.com," Dukes explained.

Good advice for what could be potentially dangerous weather over the next couple of days.

To sign up to receive emergency alerts from Lowndes County, visit www.lowndescounty.com.

For a recommended check list of items to have in case of severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov.

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