Alabama Power crews are preparing today for the possibility of a widespread storm system predicted to move through the state Saturday.
“Alabama Power is ready to respond to the storms that are expected to impact the state tomorrow,” said Alabama Power spokeswoman Katie Bolton. “We encourage all of our customers to stay weather aware and follow our company updates, and local emergency management authorities, so you and your family stay safe”
Strong winds and tornadoes could cause damage and down trees across the state. Downed trees can mean downed power lines. Alabama Power officials urged the public to treat all downed power lines as if they are still “alive” with electricity and to report any outages through the alabamapower.com website or by calling 800-888-2726.
In the event of an outage, visit alabamapower.com for more information and follow along on company social media channels for updates.
Alabama Power officials offered some tips that customers can do prior to the severe weather. They include
* Charge your smart devices now.
* Purchase a battery-operated charger and keep it fully charged at all times.
* Create a backup written list of numbers and prepare alternative ways to communicate in case the battery in your smart device dies before power is restored.
* During the cold months, keep a supply of dry wood if you have a safe fireplace available.
* Non-electric, unvented space heaters can be a hazard. Use them only in well-ventilated areas.
* Trim back any branches that pose a threat to your home or property.
* Ensure your carbon monoxide detectors are functioning with strong batteries.
* Check your weather stripping to prevent loss of heat.
Should you lose power, report the outage and
* Leave a porch or front light on. This helps crews know when repair work is successful.
* Leave one light on inside to tell you when service is restored.
* Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. (If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard.)
* Do not use generators indoors. Plug appliances directly into your generator. Do not plug your generator into your household’s electrical wiring.
* Limit opening refrigerators and freezers to limit losing cold air.
* Limit opening windows or doors to prevent losing internal heat from your home.
Follow Alabama Power social media channels for updates and information.
Meteorologist James Spann points to the potential for very strong winds and conditions for the formation of tornadoes as part of a long squall line that will pass through the state during the day Saturday. Spann said the storms could be in far west Alabama by 10 a.m. and move east through the state throughout the day.
“The line will be capable of producing widespread wind damage, and I would suggest going through your tornado safety action plan if you are in a severe thunderstorm warning,” Spann said in his Alabama NewsCenter forecast posted Friday morning. “Many trees will likely be blown down by this line of severe storms. The bottom line is to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously Saturday.”