Residents Urged to Take Precautions for Predicted Storm
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Alexandria, La. (Jan. 10, 2020) — National Weather Service forecasts continue to indicate a potential severe line of storms is expected to move through the Alexandria area overnight today into Saturday morning. Severe weather, including heavy rains, hail, tornadoes and straight-line winds of 60-80 mph are considered possible. The city encourages residents to make preparations now to be ready for the storm.
“High winds appear to be the most significant threat,” said Utility Systems Director Michael Marcotte. “We are seeing projections of the possibility of tornadoes as well as winds of 70 mph or more. That can lead to uprooted trees, snapped utility poles, downed power lines and structural damage to homes. It is important people be prepared and have a place to go if a tornado does develop.”
With the storm forecast to move through the area overnight, residents are encouraged to make sure their cell phones are fully charged before they go to bed and that they have a weather radio or other way to receive storm alerts or tornado warnings overnight. They should also have flashlights charged and ready in case the power is interrupted.
City of Alexandria workers continued preparations throughout the day Friday ensuring drains are clear, removing debris and verifying emergency response supplies are staged and ready for use. Work also continues at Johnny Downs Sports Complex, which was heavily damaged by a tornado last month, to secure and remove loose debris. “We are actively monitoring the storm forecast and have crews ready and prepared to respond as needed,” Marcotte said.
Customers are reminded that when storms occur resulting in power outages and storm damage they may report outages online through the AlexConnects app. Downed wires, poles, and other equipment should be reported to the Electric Distribution Department at (318) 473-1301. Residents are reminded to avoid downed lines as they may still be energized and avoid driving in flooded areas. Also, residents should stay indoors and off the roads if possible during the storm and exercise extreme caution while driving after a storm as crews and equipment may be clearing debris and making repairs along roads throughout the city.
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