Storms continuePublished 7:14pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Officials were assessing damage from Monday night’s severe storms as well as preparing for another round of expected severe weather Tuesday.
Joe Paul Boone, Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency director, said county agencies and emergency-response departments were watching Monday’s storms closely from the Tallapoosa County Courthouse and were, as of press time, set to do the same thing Tuesday night.
“We were at the courthouse last night and plan to be there Tuesday night. We had a conference call with the National Weather Service Tuesday morning and had basically all of the entities in the county here,” Boone said. “Throughout the night we’re expecting tornado watches, severe thunderstorms and possibly large hail.”
Boone said Tallapoosa County was able to avoid widespread damage Monday.
“We had some trees down last night and one tree on a vehicle. We also had one house reported to have roof damage,” Boone said. “We had a lot of violent weather all over the state Monday night. We were really blessed here in the county.”
Despite that notion, Boone added that everyone should be prepared in the event of severe weather.
“We’ve programmed lots of weather radios, and we’ve talked to lots of people about having their plans in place and knowing where to go,” Boone said. “Anytime we go under a (tornado) watch, we ask people to remember to go over their plans and know where their safe area is. If and when we go under a (tornado) warning, go to that safe place and you don’t have to think about it because time is of the essence with these storms.”
Kevin Laws, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Birmingham office, said the system that caused at least six deaths in Alabama alone Monday should pass through the state after Tuesday.
“This is a pretty complex system out over the central plains that was almost stationary for a while, but is slowly meandering and finally going to get out of here later Tuesday night,” Laws said. “For Alabama, we think it will be out of here overnight Tuesday. Wednesday, things should start to improve dramatically.”
The American Red Cross released a statement Tuesday expressing support for victims of any severe weather or tornado damage over the past couple days.
“It’s heart-wrenching to see the destruction this storm has caused and that so many people have lost everything,” said Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services for the Red Cross in the release. “Red Cross workers are here now, providing shelter, food and comfort, and we’ll be here for weeks to help people as they begin to recover.”
Those who would like to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by the storms are encouraged to visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.