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Be prepared for Saturday storms

Saturday could be a wet and windy day in the Valley as a line of storms will be sweeping their way across the South.

According to Keith Stellman, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the storms will enter Georgia from Alabama at about 3 p.m. Saturday with heavy winds and rainfall. He said the Valley and LaGrange can expect a lot of wind energy, with the potential of tornadoes.

As of this writing, we’re still about 48 hours away from the storm reaching us. Still, with forecasters expecting downed trees and power lines, there is cause for concern because of recent wet weather. Due to all the wind, there’s a chance for power outages as well.

Stellman said when the storm hits, it will hit hard. He said the storm will be nasty, so we want everyone to be prepared. The storm is expected to move through in a few hours, but that’s plenty of time to do damage.

We suggest everyone make plans for the weekend with the weather in mind. Sometimes forecasters say these storms are going to be bad, and then nothing much happens, but we don’t feel like it’s worth the risk to test that theory.

We also have the advantage of seeing what is out in front of us. This storm is coming from Texas and through Mississippi. Knowing what to expect can help us prepare, so we recommend keeping an eye on the system as it hits our border states. 

Bottom line: keep informed, keep safe and don’t take chances when Mother Nature decides to hit the region with her wrath.