The storms that came through this morning brought down several trees. According to Jason Peters, the Highway Superintendent, trees were reported down at:
- Linden & 5B
- Union Road south of S.R. 6
- Grape & 5B
- 1st & Union – multiple trees down
- Tamarack & 1st road
- 11th west of Olive
- Union south of 4B
According to the rain gauge at the county building we have received .25 in of rain since midnight. During yesterday’s storm it measured 2.14 in of rain since midnight .
Jason reported several roads closed due to high water and trees down.
REMC reports 205 consumers with outages this morning.
The Heat Advisory remains in effect from 1pm this afternoon until 8 pm this evening. Heat index values of 98 to 105 degrees are expected.
There is a potential for a second round of strong to severe storms later this afternoon and evening. Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said, “We could see strong to severe storms through this morning and possible again later this afternoon with high heat and humidity.”
Impact from the storms could cause damage to trees may result in additional power outages, trees across roads making the impassable, and potential damage to homes or other buildings. High heat index values may result in heat related illnesses especially vulnerable are people with underlying health conditions, the elderly and very young. Power outages may lead to additional heat related health issues due to no air conditioning. Minor flooding is occurring in low lying areas and areas that are prone to flooding during heavy rains. Ponding on road surfaces and along the edge of the road may lead to additional accidents as a result of hydroplaning.
Marshall County EMS urges you to be prepared. Be sure to monitor your local source for updated weather information and be ready to take action to move to safety if severe weather threatens. Be aware of potential travel issues with trees across roads and ponding on road surfaces. Be prepared for power outages by having your cell phone charged and emergency preparedness kit ready. If the power does go out, contact your utility company to make them aware of the outage. If you must be outside today, remember to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and pop. If you are working outside, take frequent breaks. Be sure to check on relatives, friends and neighbors to be sure they are doing okay especially those who may have underlying health issues or elderly. Provide fresh water and a place for pets to beat the heat as well. Never leave children or pets in a car.