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Lowndes Co. prepares for hurricane season

Kelly Godsey Kelly Godsey
Ashley Tye Ashley Tye
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

With Atlantic hurricane season set to officially begin on June 1st, Lowndes County emergency officials took time to hold a hurricane preparedness meeting Wednesday to make sure they were prepared.

As of Tuesday, it had been almost seven years since hurricane Fay, the last hurricane to have a major impact on Lowndes County and South Georgia.

Meteorologist Kelly Godsey with the National Weather Service in Tallahassee said this is a good reminder that even though Lowndes County may not often be impacted by hurricanes it's still important to prepare for them.

"We wanted to get out during hurricane preparedness week and kind of talk to the folks here at Lowndes County Emergency Management about what we're expecting for this hurricane season," Godsey said.

Godsey spoke to the emergency officials for about an hour about hurricanes and how the NWS's hurricane data could be used to help the county prepare for and respond to a hurricane's impact. In Lowndes County, Godsey said the most important thing to prepare for is the potential for flooding.

"Yes, there's gonna be a wind threat whenever a storm moves inland but it's gonna be that heavy rain threat that could last for a couple of days that's gonna create a flood potential," Godsey pointed out.

Lowndes County could also see a large influx of people from Florida moving north to try to get away from a hurricane.

EMA Director Ashley Tye said the county had plans in place to work with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to deal with that if necessary.

"We would work with them and let them know how many people we could accommodate," Tye explained.

Tye emphasized though that it was equally important for individual citizens to be equally prepared in order to ensure that a hurricane has as little of an impact on the county as possible.

For tips on how to prepare, visit:

- www.ready.ga.gov

- www.gema.ga.gov

- www.hurricanes.gov

- http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh/

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