Watching a disturbance for possible tropical development

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CLARKE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - After a quiet start to the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, there is a possibility of some trouble in the tropics.

“We’re monitoring the situation obviously and with any storm like this, or any weather system that could affect our area, obviously we’re not trying to panic at this point, but we are trying to make sure that we’re not sticking our heads in the sand and we’re prepared should something happen,” says Eddie Ivy, the director of the Clarke County Emergency Management Agency.

There is still a lot of uncertainty in the overall development of this system and how it will affect us. Ivy says his agency is prepared regardless if this disturbance impacts our area or not.

“[We’re doing] little things like checking our emergency preparations, making sure vehicles and equipment are fueled and ready to respond, operational checks on generators, things that may be an impact, which right now it’s just a good time of the year to do that anyway for us,” Ivy explains.

As we get closer to the peak of the hurricane season, this disturbance is a reminder that people should always be prepared during this time of year.

“Now would be a really good time for the public to take a little bit of time to check your plans, to check your batteries and your flashlights, and your weather radios, to make sure you can get information should the power fail,” Ivy says. “Test your generator if you have one of those to make sure that it’s operational, do those things that are just good practices should the event get worse or down the road a month we’ve got a situation- you’ve already done that, you’re prepared.”

There has already been one named storm this year- that was Subtropical Storm Andrea back in May, before the hurricane season started.