Morning Wrap of Severe Weather and Flooding in The Wiregrass

By: Various (See Below)
By: Various (See Below)

Severe weather, including flooding and tornadoes, came through the Wiregrass recently.


Possible Tornado, Flooding in Jackson County
By Cynthia Washington

JACKSON COUNTY, FL -- Another round of heavy rain has left dozens of Jackson County roads under water. The Jackson County Emergency Management reports more than 64 roads are closed after storms moved through the area on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The Jackson County Road and Bridge Department has asked for 200 barricades to block off closed, submerged or damaged roads. EMA officials estimate Jackson County is facing more than $14 million in damages from storms this spring.

A Jackson County EMA official tells WTVY the county plans to ask FEMA for assistance with repairs. If Jackson County is granted aid, FEMA would pay 75 percent of the repair costs, with the state chipping in 12.5 percent, leaving the county 12.5 to pay on it's own.

There are also reports of tornado damage in Jackson County, with trees down in several areas.

Lightning Strike Destroys Donalsonville Barn
By Matt McClellan

Some campers had a scarey start to their morning.

A pre-dawn lightening strike from a severe line of storms destroyed a storage building and thousands of dollars in equipment inside.

The strike happened around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Campers say they saw a lightening bold directly hit the barn. The structure went up in flames in a matter of minutes.

The building contained thousands of dollars of music equipment that was being stored there for the upcoming Bluegrass Festival.


Planning for Severe Weather
by Jessica Leicht

Having an emergency plan for your family could be the difference between life and death.

That planning all starts with a battery powered radio, for national weather service alerts or your smart phone.

There are 35 tornado sirens around Houston County but those are designed to alert people outside to get indoors and seek shelter.

You may not hear sirens in your home or if you're sleeping, that's why it's important to have another alert system set up.

If a tornado warning is issued you should take shelter in a sound structure, in the center of the house if possible.

"Always have your weather radio handy and turned on when severe weather is in the area, make sure you have flashlights, a first aid kit in your home so you're able to take care of yourself for those first few hours until we can get responders to you should we have access problems,” Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge with the Dothan Fire Department said.

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