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Floyd EMA: Could be a rough night ahead

September 11, 2017--8:48 a.m.


First responders are gearing up for a potentially busy night as the remnants of Irma are expected to move through the area.

Northwest Georgia, for the first time ever, is in the midst of a Tropical Storm Warning.

Winds of 25-35 miles per hours, plus even higher gusts are expected, along with 2-4 inches of rain.

Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Herrington was a guest on Monday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition.

“As the day progress, our weather is going to get worse, especially going into the evening hours,” he said. “We are going to see heavy, periodic rains, some projected high winds with gusts up to 55 miles per hour. We are going to experience power outages, downed trees, and some flash flooding. It’s really going to be a challenge going into the evening hours for our first responders.”

Herrington said to take precautions now.

“If you have lawn furniture or children’s toys that stay outside, you will want to gather those up,” he said. “Those things can become projectiles and can break windows. Of course, we are going to have power outages associated with this storm when it comes through, so you want to make sure that you have batteries for your flashlights and your emergency kits are stocked up and ready to go. It should clear out some time on Tuesday. So, probably around 5 p.m., we should be on the downside of it.”

You can view the current radar here.