KETR Local
12:53 am
Tue May 13, 2008

Severe weather again a threat this week

Scott Harvey

– Severe weather season has certainly caused its fair share of damage throughout Northeast Texas so far this year. Over the weekend, Cooper volunteer firemen and residents reported at least a dozen structures were damaged, power was cut off, and some streets were blocked by downed power lines and tree debris. Also, just last week a tornado briefly touched down in Canton. Not to be forgotten is all the activity that has recently taken place in and around the Metroplex.

According to Hunt County Emergency Manager Coordinator Richard Hill, tornadic activity in particular is popping up very fast, only giving about a 15-30 minute window for officials to respond and warn citizens. Hill encourages all residents to consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio, which runs on both electricity and back up batteries. All emergency management, according to Hill, starts at home and every household needs to have their own emergency management plan.

Hill assures residents Hunt County officials are doing their best in keeping citizens safe. Trained weather spotters were out on Saturday, as they are anytime severe weather is a threat. Hill also says they stay in close contact with the National Weather Service, as well as Commerce Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Harrison. Tuesday evening's forecast calls for about about a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms; with a possibility of some of those storms producing severe activity.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as Richard Hill explains why purchasing a NOAA weather radio would be of great value for you and your family.