Preparing Early for Hurricane Season Recommended

By: Chris Whited Email
By: Chris Whited Email

Although east Mississippi and west Alabama are several hours from the Gulf Coast, this area has seen the impact of two major hurricanes over the past few years.

June 1 marks the start of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. With damage from Ivan and Katrina still present, the question is, are local residents preparing?

"We haven't seen any increase in any sales of generators, batteries, water or gas cans. It's just our typical summertime sales," said Lowe's operations manager, Shane Haygood.

Haygood said the shelves are still well-stocked with generators, batteries, water and flashlights. Right now, he says people are buying items to save their lawns from the drought.

"Water hoses, sprinklers is the only thing we're selling right now, saving those lawns," Haygood said.

Haygood said sales last summer were also low for emergency items. he expects those won't spike until a storm track threatens to make landfall.

"To prepare this season, we have booklets we hand out on hurricane readiness that tell you how to get ready for a hurricane," said Haygood, "what size generator you need, safety for operating a generator. Also what batteries, flashlights, water some of the common things people miss when trying to prepare for a hurricane."

Hurricane researcher Dr. William Gray with Colorado State University has released an update to his forecast for this hurricane season. He's now calling for nine hurricanes in the Atlantic this season with five of those becoming intense storms.


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