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Keep eyes on the weather


July 11, 2019

Since Monday, we've been in contact with Escambia County (Ala.) Emergency Management Director David Adams about this possible storm that is brewing off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

Adams made his first report to the county commission Monday morning. At that time, there were a lot of uncertainties about the low pressure system in Georgia that was making a turn toward the Gulf.

Adams basically told the commission that it was too early to tell what the upcoming storm would do but that people needed to keep an eye on it.

We talked to Adams again Tuesday. We called him Wednesday morning. He told us to call him back after his 11 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service.

By about noon Wednesday, the news from Adams about how this storm will impact our area had improved. At that time, the National Weather Service was saying a tropical depression and possibly Hurricane Barry would form in the gulf, but all indications had the storm heading west with possible landfall in either west Louisiana or east Texas.

Monday morning forecasts were for us to receive a lot of rain; those forecasts have been downgraded.

Adams has been consistent from his talk to the county commission to his discussions with us that storms like this are unpredictable.

As we write this editorial Wednesday afternoon we should not see any major problems with this storm, but simply a little rain. But when that low pressure system from Georgia collides with the high pressure system in the gulf, you never know.

Keep your ears tuned to the radio and television over the next few days to get a more immediate update on what's going to happen this weekend.


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