What may seem like a perfect rainy sleep-in morning for some should not be taken so lightly. Although Irma has weakened and will no doubt be downgraded to a Tropical Storm later this morning, the Eastern region of the state of Alabama remains under a Tropical Storm warning in anticipation of Irma’s arrival…and ultimately, her welcome departure.
So, if you’re in Clay County, here’s what you can expect within the next 24 hours, give or take a few:
The highest impact time appears to begin at 12 noon today ( Monday) to as late as noon tomorrow. This timing is dependent on many factors, such as the speed of Irma and course of track. You can expect wind gusts from 35-45 mph, ranging up to 55 mph and 3-5 inches of rain, with possibly locally higher amounts.
Downed trees and power outages are likely, so be sure to have a plan of action in place. Make sure your cell phones are charged and you have plenty of bottled water onhand. You can also fill your bathtub with water for necessary household needs, such as toilet flushing. You will need to have canned foods, or convenient grocery items, batteries, flashlights and candles is a must because you never know how long you will be without power, especially at this time with so many power crews out of state working the hardest hit area, there could possibly be a delay is having your service restored.
There is no tornado threat at this time, however, and this is just me speaking, you can never really rule out an isolated tornado. Not trying to use scare tactics, just raise awareness.
I know there are many of you who want to help out when the damage starts rolling in, but please remember to WATCH OUT for downed power lines. So, if you see a tree down and want to grab your chain saw to cut, remember that it could be wrapped in live power lines and you could be electrocuted. DO NOT attempt to drive across downed power lines as well. Same scenario.
If you live in a mobile home, don’t wait until the storm is upon you to seek shelter! Remember that precautionary measures saves lives! There are several local shelters that will open after lunch today to anyone in need.
- Shinbone Fire Dept
- Delta Fire Dept
- Hollis Fire Dept
- Lineville Senior Center
- Bluff Springs Fire Dept
- Shiloh Fire Dept
- Ashland Library
- Millerville Fire Dept
- Ashland First Methodist Church
- Cornerstone Ministries in Jackson’s Gap
If anyone has any shelters to add, please let me know. Remember to take along any personal items you may need if you choose to use one of these shelters, because they don’t keep any of these items in stock.
The Clay County EMA, in conjunction with the Clay County Commission and Clay County Road Department, has issued a travel advisory for all Clay County Roads effective from noon Monday until 6pm Tuesday. All non-essential travel should be avoided.
PLEASE, PLEASE call your local EMA with any damage reports, so that they can pass the word along to you. 256-396-5886. PLEASE do NOT call 911 for a downed tree or structural damage because that is not an emergency, unless someone’s life is endangered. They will be very busy throughout the course of this storm handling calls.
Be safe, people, and please, be smart.
Here is a list of businesses and industry that will be closing early today:
- TruCabinetry will close at 11:00 am today. No second shift.
- Wellborn Cabinets will close at 12 noon today. No second shift.
- Anniston Army Depot is closed for all Monday shifts.
- Honda cancels 2nd shift for Monday.
- Clay County Courthouse closing at Noon today.
- The Circuit Clerk’s office of Clay County is officially closed Monday September 11th by order of the Governor. There will be no court on Monday.
- Ashland Municipal Court has cancelled the court session scheduled for September 11, 2017 at 2 P.M. due to the Weather and all cases will be rescheduled for October 09, 2017 at 2 P.M.
- Wedowee Municipal Court has been canceled for Monday night. All cases have been continued to October 24th at 5pm.
- The Randolph County Courthouse will be closed Tuesday also due to the weather conditions.