Tropical Storm Debby is dominating the news these days, and for good reason. Debby is a powerful storm that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon, and southeast Georgia will be dealing with heavy rains and potential flooding for several days.
Some may be tempted to downplay the threat of a tropical storm because its winds are not as strong, but did you know that the costliest disaster in Georgia’s history was from a storm much like Debby? In 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto came ashore along the Florida panhandle on July 4 and stalled over central Georgia, producing catastrophic flooding. Alberto produced damages exceeding $750 million and over 30 deaths.
Storms like Debby and Alberto remind us that tropical storms and hurricanes carry much more danger than just the strong winds most often associated with them. They can spawn tornadoes (as Debby did) and bring heavy rain that leads to floods and flash floods.
Now is the time to get ready. Know your risk for flooding and determine where you would evacuate in case of high water. Make sure your family has a plan to reconnect if you aren’t together when a storm strikes. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio, which will alert you in the case of severe weather. In addition, create a customized Ready profile between now and July 15 and you will be entered to win one of 100 Midland weather radios that are being given away through our partnership with WSB-TV.
Don’t wait until the storm is here – make “someday” today.