South Alabama Prepares For Cold Temperatures

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By Catalina Trivino

South Alabama saw a bit of snow today, but with the cold weather comes a lot of precautions for communities...

 

Temperatures in south Alabama have been in the low 30's -- but factor in the wind, and it felt like the mid 20's. So we went out to see what people were doing to prepare for the cold weather.

Temperatures are dipping... and people are bundling up.

"It is so cold out here today! It's awful!" Said Greenville resident, Elisa Campbell. So south Alabama has been gearing up for the cold weather.

"Our biggest concern are power outages when you see winds like this when ice hits the lines, if that's an issue. The ice on the lines will cause power outages if the temperatures dip that low and the snow starts to stick on the lines... that's when you have a problem," Said Pioneer Electric's Communication Specialist, Angela Green.

Electric companies are out on the streets keeping an eye on the power lines.

"It doesn't take much ice to weigh those lines down," Said Pioneer Electric's Engineering Technician, Chris Turner. "We may not see it tonight, but I have seen it in the past where it breaks them with just a little bit of ice build up."

And the colder it gets, the more the lines will droop -- which could lead to hundreds of outages.

So companies, like Pioneer Electric, are asking everyone to monitor power lines near their home in hope of reducing the number of outages that could come from the weather.

And as the weather cools down, you're probably taking out space heaters to keep warm -- but Forest Home volunteer firefighter, Mary Till, says it's items like space heaters that make this one of their busiest times of the year. She says about 50 percent of the calls they get during the winter are from people using unsafe practices to bring heat to their home.

"The electrical space heaters sometimes can be unsafe and not be checked out in a manner that can cause burns, as well as house fires," Said Till.

We also spoke with the Butler County EMA -- they say they're monitoring the weather, as well. They're working with police, fire departments and schools incase there are any dramatic changes.

So far today, Pioneer Electric says there are no reports on any power outages in the area.



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