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Residents, EMA officials prepare for next round of severe weather

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- From uprooted trees to shattered sheds, residents surveyed the damage and looked for the lighter side of the storm.

"I had a friend that came by.  I had trees on every side [of my home], and he said, 'The amazing thing is it looks like you have a canopy over your house,'" explained Phil Knight of Pike Road.

The skies could darken soon enough.  Storm fronts headed our way have the potential for even more severe weather.

That has emergency management workers glued to their computer screens.

"We just follow the good advice we get and we act on it.  It's much better to reschedule a ball game than to have someone get hurt," said Steve Jones, Director of the Montgomery City-County EMA.

Meanwhile, storm victims race against the clock, repairing homes and gathering what they can.

"It's not really safe because the ceilings are already drooping," said Darla Pinkston of Pike Road.

With thin tarps standing between damaged homes and Mother Nature, residents remain skeptical.

"If the wind's high, I don't think it really matters how well you have it tarped, it's going to blow in anyway," Pinkston said.

While residents hope for the best, EMA officials urge caution.

"It's not a joke. It's a serious situation. So we need to stay on top of that," Jones explained.

It's a request received loud and clear for people who escaped severe weather the first time around.

"Having seen the power and now experienced it, it's nothing that you would take lightly," Knight said.

 

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