Res­i­dents could feel ef­fects of Isaac

The Covington News - - Front page - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

New­ton County res­i­dents can ex­pect stormy weather for the next few days as the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Isaac pass through the area.

Isaac reached hur­ri­cane level Tues­day af­ter­noon on its path west to­ward the Gulf area and is expected to have its big­gest im­pact on south­ern Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama and south­west Ge­or­gia, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

Al­though Ge­or­gia is no longer in the path of Isaac, the state and New­ton County will still ex­pe­ri­ence scat­tered thun­der­storms, gusty winds and oc­ca­sional light­ning throughout the week. Tem­per­a­tures this week will reach the mid-80s with lows in the 60s. Ac­cord­ing to NWS, the rain is expected to end by Tues­day.

Mi­nor flood­ing in low lay­ing ar­eas, es­pe­cially around Yel­low River, could also be pos­si­bil­ity, said New­ton County Emer­gency Man­age­ment Di­rec­tor Tray Polk.

Polk said he ad­vises those in

ar­eas prone to flood­ing to make ar­range­ments to move to higher ground for a cou­ple of days un­til the storm passes. The county is expected to av­er­age one to three inches of rain­fall through Fri­day, though higher amounts are expected dur­ing thun­der­storms, ac­cord­ing to NWS.

De­pend­ing on the ac­tual storm track and whether the hur­ri­cane changes its course to go east, the heavy rains could lead to more flood­ing, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press ar­ti­cle.

No tor­nado developments are expected for the area; how­ever, NWS and Polk said an iso­lated tor­nado can­not be com­pletely ruled out.

“It (tor­nado) is al­ways a pos­si­bil­ity, es­pe­cially dur­ing this time of year, but hope­fully not,” Polk said. Storm ready

Polk said res­i­dents should have a three day sup­ply of food, wa­ter and med­i­cal sup­plies in case of a power out­age. Ad­di­tion­ally, if res­i­dents have La­bor Day week­end trav­el­ing plans, Polk ad­vises trav­el­ers to avoid driv­ing on roads with stand­ing wa­ter.

“As of right now, it’s still OK to drive, but if by chance you can’t see the road, don’t go through it,” he said. “There could be things in the wa­ter that you don’t see or the road could give.”

Ge­or­gia’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment web­site, ready.ga.gov, also is­sued the fol­low­ing ad­vice from their web­site:

- gency sup­plies and pre­pare a por­ta­ble ready kit in case you have to evac­u­ate, visit ready.ga.gov to learn how.

prop­erty

- ture, dec­o­ra­tions, garbage cans and any­thing else that is not tied down inside

fill the gas tank in case you have to evac­u­ate. Gas prices on the rise

An­other way New­ton County res­i­dents could feel the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Isaac is in the form of higher gas prices.

Some gas price an­a­lysts pre­dicted a rise in prices which could put a damp- er on La­bor Day trav­el­ing plans. Ac­cord­ing to the Oil Price In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, whole­sale prices jumped by a na­tional av­er­age of al­most eight cents a gal­lon Mon­day. At­lantaGasPrices.com said av­er­age gas prices around the At­lanta area rose 6.5 cents per gal­lon in the past week, av­er­ag­ing $3.77 a gal­lon Tues­day.

Re­finer­ies in the Gulf have been clos­ing down in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Isaac, but ex­perts pre­dict those to re-open quickly AAA (Amer­i­can Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion) pre­dicts gas prices could jump by 20 cents af­ter the hur­ri­cane reaches Louisiana. The Oil Price In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, how­ever, pre­dicted a lesser price hike of only a few cents and ex­pects the na­tional av­er­age to reach $3.80 by Fri­day.

As of Tues­day, some gas sta­tions in Cov­ing­ton al­ready sur­passed the $3.80 marked and reached $3.94 per gal­lon.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit ready.ga.gov, fema. gov or fore­cast.weather. gov.

Dis­claimer: In­for­ma­tion was col­lected as of press time Tues­day; weather pre­dic­tions and gas prices may have change since that time.

Photo il­lus­tra­tion by Wil­liam Braw­ley /The Cov­ing­ton News

Down­town Cov­ing­ton ex­pe­ri­ences scat­tered down­pour throughout the day Tues­day. New­ton County res­i­dents will see scat­tered thun­der­storms along with gusty winds for the next few days.

Im­age cour­tesy of NOAA-NASA GOES Project

The lat­est im­age of Hur­ri­cane Isaac from NASA. The storm is expected to bring rain and heavy winds to the area.

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