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Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst

The severe weather threat extends across the southeast. In East Alabama, they're preparing for both the threat of tornadoes and significant rain. We're told roads and yards are already saturated, and flooding could be an issue. Both Auburn and Opelika City Leaders are gearing up for a nasty weekend of weather.

"We are looking at a bad weekend, two inches of rain on top of what we already had our crew are preparing for possible flooding as well as wind damage, could get some strong winds in here this weekend, downing trees that kind of thing," said Jeff Ramsey, Auburn Public Works Director.

30 public works crews in Auburn are on-call. If necessary Ramsey can mobilise several hundred workers to address any issue.

"We have equipment ready, chain saws, cars are gassed up and we are on standby, on call," said Ramsey.

Mike Hilyar is the Director of Public Works for the City of Opelika. He's concerned.

"We've got serious concerns because we have h ad 10 to 12 inches of rain in 25 days, so the ground is saturated, we are watching the creeks, storm drains and systems," said Hilyar.

Hilyer expects the worst of the storm between Midnight and Noon Saturday. Both Auburn and Opelika will stay in close contact with the Lee county Emergency Management agency.

"we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best," said Ramsey.

Tonight and into the weekend, public safety is asking you to stay off the roads as much as possible.

Since the weather is expected to come in while many of us will be sleeping, have that weather radio next to the bed.

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