ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The City of Alexandria is urging residents to make preparations immediately before the expected storms this weekend.
“High winds appear to be the most significant threat,” said Utility Systems Director Michael Marcotte. “We are seeing projections of the possibility of tornadoes as well as winds of 70 mph or more. That can lead to uprooted trees, snapped utility poles, downed power lines and structural damage to homes. It is important people be prepared and have a place to go if a tornado does develop.”
Residents are urged to ensure that mobile devices are fully charged this evening and to have access to weather radios or mobile storm alerts. Flashlights should also be fully charged.
Marcotte said crews are continuing to clean up the area.
“We are actively monitoring the storm forecast and have crews ready and prepared to respond as needed,” Marcotte said.
If you experience power outages in Alexandria, you can report them online on the AlexConnects app. If you see downed wires, poles, etc., please report them to the Electric Distribution Department at 318-473-1301.
Always avoid downed power lines and flooded areas. If possible, stay indoors and do not travel during the storm.
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