Tropical Storm Debby Sends Winds to Wiregrass

By: Deanna Bettineschi
By: Deanna Bettineschi

People from Florida to Texas have been worried about tropical storm Debby making landfall.
Forecasts in the beginning of the week had it heading toward Texas, but now show it going farther east near central Florida.

“The national weather service changed their predictions this morning that the impact here in Houston County is going to be minimal. It’s going to be breezy and we are going to get some rain and hopefully that will be all there is for us.” Emergency Management Director Clark Matthews said.

Although the wiregrass might not be in Debby’s direct path, people still need to get prepared.

“Just doing a quick check around your property or home to make sure your outdoor furniture such as patio tables and chairs, your umbrellas things of that nature are secured or moved into an out building or a garage.” Dothan Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge said.

Dodging Debby could mean dodging tornadoes, too. That's as long as the storm stays on its current plan.

“The north eastern side of a hurricane or the top right of the storm is always the most dangerous part as far as severe weather fortunately in this storm it is turning more east, so we will receive much less impact from this storm should it continue the current path.” Etheredge said.

Even though we may not see stronger effects from this storm, Etherege says it's good practice .
“This was a good test if you will, a good prep for hurricane season and for everyone to start preparing along those lines. And making sure you are prepared as we move into hurricane season with water stored at your home non perishable foods, first aid kids and things of that nature.”

“We want everybody to be prepared, we certainly encourage that.” Matthews said.

The only negative side effect of Debby’s decision to turn? Meteorologists say we will not get a solution to the local drought problem
EMA officials will have another meeting Tuesday morning to take another look at the storm.

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