Lowndes Co. leaders urge residents to be prepared for heavy rainfall

Lowndes Co. leaders urge residents to be prepared for heavy rainfall
Lowndes Co. says stock-up on flashlights and batteries. (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - With showers expected to sweep across South Georgia this weekend, Lowndes County said now would be a good time to stock up on emergency items.

Lowndes County Emergency Management said that now is the time to start picking up little necessities like flashlights or even batteries. Those items are going to make your weekend flow a lot smoother in case the weather takes a turn in a different direction.

Although Lowndes County is not expecting flooding, moving expensive or sentimental items off the floor early will help you if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

People should also have water ready and available, especially if someone in the home takes medicine or needs special care.

Emergency Management leaders said people should expect thunder and lightning, pointing out that lightning has been the number two weather-related killer in Georgia for the last 18 years.

"Every year in Georgia there are at least two people who are killed and that record has been running since 2000, and last year we had 12 people across the state that were injured from lightning," explained Lowndes County Spokesperson Paige Dukes.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk also warned people to lookout for standing water on roads, streets or bridges.

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