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EMA Director: Warren County residents need to remain vigilant as Hurricane Laura approaches

Hurricane Laura may hit somewhere along the Louisiana-Texas state line Thursday morning but that doesn’t mean Warren County residents should lower their guard, Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer said.

“I think we’re going to get a lot of wind out of it and I’m concerned about those pop-up showers that might include a tornado,” he said.

Residents, he said need to pay attention to local weather forecasts and make sure their emergency action plans are in place.

“They need to make sure they have their disaster kits in place and they’ve got cash, gasoline, in case they have to leave their homes; that’s what they need to be doing,” Elfer said. “I think people get complacent thinking, ‘It’s not going to be that bad’ but when it is that bad, people get caught off guard.”

Alan Campbell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Jackson, said the present forecast for the Warren County area includes increased shower and storms across the area.

“There could be some severe storms beginning late (Wednesday), but primarily through the course of (Thursday) your way,” he said. “It looks like there could be some isolated tornadoes with that activity.”

An increase in winds is also forecast with sustained winds of 20-30 mph with possible gusts of 35-40 mph, which could affect trees and limbs, Campbell said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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