Athens Co. EMA Not Expecting Severe Storm Impact

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The Athens County Emergency Management Agency does not expect Athens County residents to be critically affected by the remains of Hurricane Sandy.

Agency director Fred Davis says the storm should bring high speed wind gusts to the Athens area, but that current reports do not indicate that the impact will be severe.

"We don't expect to have that many difficulties here in the Athens area at this time," said Davis. "Basically, we'll have a wind advisory this afternoon through Tuesday morning. But right now, the reports we're getting say we don't seem like we'll be affected that bad."

The National Weather Service issued wind advisory that will extend into Tuesday morning.

Wind gusts reaching the 40 to 45 miles per hour range are possible.

However, Davis says winds are not expected to contribute significantly to power outages in the area.

"There could be some power situations, but we don't at this time see that as being a major effect on the area so far," said Davis.

If conditions change, officials say weather advisories will be issued as needed.

Members of the Emergency Management Agency also say to prepare for any severe weather situation by stocking up on water, flashlights, and batteries.