Tropical depression labeled ‘non event’

Published 7:09 pm Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pike County is unlikely to see any severe tropical weather in the next week, this after Tropical Depression Five dissipated in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday afternoon.

There had been some initial concern the storm could make its way to Pike County as a tropical depression once it made landfall, but the cause for concern is said to be low now.

In a Tuesday afternoon briefing, the Mobile branch of the National Weather Service called the impending storm a “non-event.”

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Rather than causing damage due to severe weather, the former tropical depression could wind up being a positive thing for Pike County.

Rain is expected beginning Friday and extending possibly through Monday, according to Pike County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeanna Barnes.

“This is really the best-case scenario for us, very little chance of severe weather and we’ll be getting some much-needed rain,” Barnes said.

Wind damage is not expected either, winds are projected to range from 5 to 15 miles per hour with occasional wind gusts within rain bands.

Barnes said there was a possibility the storm could slow even further once it makes landfall, providing the local area with a prolonged period of rainfall if the rain bands were to settle over Pike County.

However, with the recent heatwave, there is a possibility the heat could cause the storms to become more violent, but Barnes said it was unsure if that would happen or not.