(WMC-TV) - Severe storms are expected to move through the Mid-South. The storms already produced hail and strong winds in parts of Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Now, the system is headed our way.
In preparation for the storms, Shelby County leaders and first responders say they are ready as the severe weather approaches.
"Anticipating that we'll have heavy rain, which will mean some flash flooding and then high wind," said Director Bob Nations, Shelby County Office of Preparedness.
Nations says his office is preparing for whatever Mother Nature may bring.
"These first responders that we work with, they train, they drill, they are very much aware of the kinds of threats that exist here," he said.
But it is not just first responders who are ready. It is also equipment like sirens, generators, and remote access controls that have been tested and poised to act if needed.
"If we need to encode the external warning sirens, we can do that remotely, and we can do that in our stationary dispatch center," added Nations.
Severe weather could hit while you are on the road. If that is the case, Nations offers some advice if you are behind the wheel.
"Pull over, get out of it, get off the road because that is an especially vulnerable position to be in," he advised.
The predicted severe weather could potentially bring damaging winds with it and the possibility of more widespread power outages. MLGW says it will not be caught of guard.
"We are closely monitoring the weather," said Gail Jones, MLGW spokesperson."So that we will know if it hits, when it hits, and what kind of impact it'll have so we will be prepared to make sure our customers' services are back on ... Should it become worse than moderate, MLGW, we will be ready. We will be prepared."
If your power goes out, do not assume MLGW knows, call them at 901-544-6500. For downed power lines, remember to not touch them, and call the emergency number at 901-528-4465.
The weather is expected to move into the Mid-South overnight.
NBC News sent reporter Kerry Sanders to Memphis.
"We have a team in Arkansas, a team in Missouri, and we're here," said Sanders on Thursday evening.
Sanders says NBC's storm coverage has changed over the years.
'"The reality is ten years ago. We wouldn't have done this because forecasting wasn't as accurate as it is now. Now it is that accurate," said Sanders.
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