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Beware of Fire Ants During Heavy Rains and Floods

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AUBURN, Ala.— Tropical storm Cindy promises to bring heavy rains to Alabama and possibly flash flooding.  When floodwaters come, humans are not the only ones looking for dry ground. In areas infested with red imported fire ants, these ants and their colonies can present a potentially serious medical threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Flood Waters ... Read More »

Are you Ready? Stock Basics for Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. – A tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico appears poised to be the first tropical storm to make landfall in the United States this year. The National Weather Service has warned that the system’s rains mean significant flash flooding is possible. Coastal Alabama is at higher risk,  but the entire state could be at risk from the ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

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AUBURN, Alabama —The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and the peak period of the season is August through October.  Now is the time to make sure you have completed your hurricane preparedness tasks. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It has sustained winds greater than 110 miles per ... Read More »

Field and Garden Flood Recovery

AUBURN, Ala.— Flooding causes destruction where ever it occurs. Often homes and businesses take the brunt of flood damage. Field and garden flood recovery are equally important in the aftermath of a natural disaster. If your backyard garden was in a flooded area, chances are it lost some nitrogen and will need refertilization. It is important to wait several days before ... Read More »

After the Storm: Avoid Downed Trees, Power Lines

AUBURN, Ala.—The first rain falling on drought-stricken Alabama came with strong winds, heavy rains and severe weather. Authorities are reporting at least three casualties and six critical injuries in northeast Alabama after storms hit over night. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a storm. Power companies do their best to clear ... Read More »

Flooding Can Happen in a Flash

Auburn, Ala.— Hurricane season is here, and several storms are circulating in the Atlantic. One storm, 99-L, is one Alabamians and people along the Southeast Coast should watch closely over the next five days. Weather forecasters are predicting the storm to move across the Bahamas and Florida and possibly enter the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say there is a 60 ... Read More »

Ready or Not Hurricane Season is Here

AUBURN, Ala.— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, will most likely be near-normal. Experts say uncertainty in the climate signals that influence Atlantic storm formation make predicting this season particularly difficult. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes ... Read More »

Fire Ants Riding Flood Waters

AUBURN, Ala. — Following a flood, humans and insects are generally forced from their homes in search of dry ground. In many Southern areas where Imported Red Fire Ants are common, the displacement of the insects can lead to potentially serious medical issues. Why Do Fire Ants Float? Floodwaters do not kill fire ants. Instead, these insects crawl out of their ... Read More »

Emergency Handbook Available for Mobile Devices

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Alabama Extension and WSFA-TV Partner in Emergency Handbook AUBURN, Alabama—Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a new ... Read More »