Tropical Trouble: Assessing Tucker’s Severe Weather Threat
TUCKER, Ga. (October 7, 2017) – With Hurricane Nate making landfall this weekend along the Gulf Coast, officials here in the City of Tucker are assessing the possibility of severe weather in our area.
Throughout the day Sunday, the National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts in Tucker between 25 and 30 miles per hour. Those winds could be accompanied by around two inches of rain. While those impacts may be predictable, others could occur without notice.
“Tornadoes are still a risk we could face as the outer bands of the storm come in, tonight through Monday,” DeKalb Emergency Management Specialist Chayne Sparagowski warned. “If these tornadoes do occur, they will be the quick spin-up type and may have little to no warning, as they can happen between the five-minute scans of the radar.”
Just as with previous tropical weather events, officials are warning about the potential for downed trees and power outages as a result of the wind and rain that Nate will bring to the area.
“[Wind gusts] could still bring down trees as many are weakened from Irma and have not had the chance to recover yet,” Sparagowski said.
Despite these warnings, the outlook is actually much better for Tucker than initially expected. DeKalb County had been under a Tropical Storm Watch with strong winds and several more inches of rain anticipated. The storm models have since shifted westward, leading forecasters to lift the watch from DeKalb. Much of northwest Georgia is now under a Tropical Storm Watch or Warning.
As was the case with Irma, the City of Tucker is receiving multiple briefings per day from the team at DeKalb’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC, which sits within the City of Tucker, provides a central planning and response center for public safety, transportation and other stakeholders to coordinate during severe weather events.