Pike County at risk of tornadoes, wind Saturday

Published 9:01 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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Pike County is part of a large swath of Alabama under the threat of damaging winds and potential tornadoes on Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has the county at an enhanced risk of dam-aging winds up to 70 mph and possible tornadoes.

“Wednesday is still too early to say exactly what we’re going to be dealing with,” said EMA Director Herb Reeves. “Everything can change. But as of now, we’re in an enhanced risk of severe weather, which is in the middle of the weather service’s five ratings.”

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The current expected timeframe for storms in Pike County is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., although the timing could change as the system approaches, as well as the area of impact.

Reeves said the key is for residents to remain weather aware as more details become clear of where the storm will hit.

“Rain is a given though I think based on what we’re seeing right now,” Reeves said. “The downside with rain is it can affect people’s travel and we have the potential for some flooding locally especially in low-lying areas. But the big concern with this risk is for torna-does and damaging winds.”