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severe weather

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Julia Smith and Kayla Smith

Alabama Power encourages everyone in the state to be ready for severe weather.

Whether it is strong winds, rain or a tornado, something that is often impacted by severe weather is your power. Alabama Power has worked this week to be ready to aid those in need once power outages begin to hit, which will ensure quicker response times.

Alabama Storm Center Director Kristie Barton said that employees are keeping a close eye on the weather this weekend to keep residents safe and roadways clear.

“We are actively watching the weather very closely and then we’re also making sure from a preparation perspective that we have the right resources in place to respond if the weather gets severe, primarily on Saturday this weekend,” Barton said.

One thing Alabama Power personnel encourage is for residents to be ready for a storm well before it hits. This can include compiling a small bag’s worth of emergency items or filling the car up with gas. But of course, one potential lifeline lays in the palm of your hands.

“One of the main things you can do to make sure your devices are charged, like cell phones,” said Alabama Power spokesperson Danielle Kimbrough.

Other than having cell phones fully charged, every household should have flashlights, extra batteries, a first aid kit and plans for loved ones who may require special medical attention. Electrical professionals suggest keeping a generator on hand in case of a power outage and to make sure you use them properly.

“If you have a generator that’s awesome just make sure you are not bringing your generator inside your home and make sure you are not directly wiring to your house circuits,” Premiere Electrical Company Stephen Erik Roberts said.

According to Katie Bolton, another Alabama Power spokesperson, one of the best ways to make sure that you and your family are safe in the middle of a storm is to stay informed.

“We encourage our customers to stay weather aware and have their weather plan and safety plan for their family,” Bolton said.

Make sure that every member of your family knows where to go when a storm hits, whether that be under the stairs or a local public storm shelter.

Alabama Power provides up-to-date information about power outages and other safety information online. If you have any questions about how to prepare or want to report a power outage, call Alabama Power at 1 (800) 888-2726 or visit their website,

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