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First responders are preparing for stronger storms this hurricane season

NOAA released a report Thursday stating they expect a 70 percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms in the Atlantic this hurricane season.  (Source:WALB) NOAA released a report Thursday stating they expect a 70 percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms in the Atlantic this hurricane season. (Source:WALB)
If Thomas County was ever hit hard by a storm 16 different agencies would respond to help.  (Source:WALB) If Thomas County was ever hit hard by a storm 16 different agencies would respond to help. (Source:WALB)
"The better prepared the public is the better prepared we are," said Griffis. (Source:WALB) "The better prepared the public is the better prepared we are," said Griffis. (Source:WALB)
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In the midst of hurricane season, we have yet to have a worrisome storm but that could change.

In fact, it's expected to. That has many counties in Southwest Georgia on standby.

"It's like muscle memory, we know what to do. All of our agencies are on board," said Lisa Griffis, Deputy EMA Director.

NOAA released a report Thursday stating they expect a 70 percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms in the Atlantic this hurricane season.

They say 5 to 8 of those storms are expected to become hurricanes.

"The conditions are favorable for an increase of storms this year," said Griffis.

The initial outlook by NOAA in May had a higher chance of 2016 being a below normal season.

Thomas County is in a unique geography position. It's only 65 miles from the Gulf and fewer than 200 miles away from the Atlantic.

"It just takes one to do a lot of damage, it could be a tropical storm, it could be a tropical system," said Griffis

If Thomas County was ever hit hard by a storm 16 different agencies would respond to help.

"The better prepared the public is the better prepared we are," said Griffis.

Buying items like water, food, weather radios, downloading weather apps to your phone, and any other necessities you may need can help you be better prepared.

Two evacuation routes pass through Thomasville.

Emergency management officials say this means it is also important for you to remember resources like fuel, which could easily be depleted fast during a natural disaster.

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