South Georgia counties prepare for possibility of severe weather

South Georgia counties prepare for possibility of severe weather
Worth County EMA prepares for possible storms.
Worth County residents get ready for the heavy rains. (Source: WALB)
Worth County residents get ready for the heavy rains. (Source: WALB)
EMA is warning people to start preparing for heavy rains now. (Source: WALB)
EMA is warning people to start preparing for heavy rains now. (Source: WALB)

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - The Worth County EMA had several meetings with different agencies on Friday to get more information on the storm heading to the area, and how much rainfall is expected.

There is a potential for severe weather Sunday, but officials are working on keeping the community updated in real time on this possible severe weather.

"Well, I hadn't really done much of anything. The only thing, like I said, is mowing my grass," said William Rayl, a Worth County resident.

It may take more than mowing the grass to get prepared for this weekend's potential storms, though.

"It may seem a little excessive when we start putting out these updates and we start cautioning people, but we just want everyone to be safe," said Jennifer Sheler, a FEMA administrator.

The Worth County Emergency Management Agency is working to stay on top of the heavy rain we may see in the next few days. Sheler said that's is because of all the damage they saw last year.

"We learned a lot from last year's storms. You know of course everyone is heightened and more afraid because of everything that happened," explained Sheler.

Rayl has lived in Worth County for 35 years and has seen how dangerous these storms can become.

"All the flooding here came about three to four miles from my house, so hopefully this won't be as bad," said Rayl.

If the storms do become severe, Worth County EMA is already preparing to send constant updates to the community through its Facebook page.

"We would really appreciate for people not to turn off the emergency alerts on their smartphones," Sheler said.

This is especially important for people in mobile homes.

"If that risk upgrades, then we're going to look at the potential of opening a comfort shelter for those who are in mobile homes that need to get out in case of a tornado warning," Sheler said.

But, if you are going to cut your grass, you better do it soon.

"When the rain comes, we won't be able to get it mowed," said Sheler.

Residents in low lying areas should be extra careful this weekend. And, of course, officials want to remind drivers, if a road is flooded you need to turn around. Don't try to drive through it.

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