ATHENS CO IS UNDER A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WATCH UNTIL 8PM FRI, 6/28, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

ATHENS CO IS UNDER A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WATCH UNTIL 8PM FRI, 6/28, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

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Athens Co Emergency Warning Sirens in Nelsonville and The Plains will be tested Wed, 7/3 at 12 noon

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville and The Plains will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. This time change is so Athens County can participate in the statewide tornado drill.  Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month.  There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

1)     Severe Weather

a)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

b)     When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.

2)     When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.

3)     When a public safety emergency occurs the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.

Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.

Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder and lightning are present.

If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.

Carry a battery operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.

The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies, therefore you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH EXTENDED UNTIL 4PM THU 6/27, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 4 PM, THURSDAY, 6/27.

A SERIES OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES ALONG WITH ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL BE CAPABLE TO PRODUCE STRONG THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THURSDAY NIGHT.

PERIODS OF VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND REPETITIVE RAIN OVER THE SAME AREAS COULD PRODUCE SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO BECOME OUT OF THEIR BANKS. IN ADDITION, FLOODING OF STREETS, LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS COULD OCCUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO FROM 6 PM WED, 6/26 THROUGH 11AM THU, 6/27, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER

Flash Flood Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 6 PM WEDNESDAY, 6/26 THROUGH 11 AM THURSDAY 6/27.

A SERIES OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES, ALONG WITH ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL BE CAPABLE TO PRODUCE STRONG THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY.  A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THURSDAY NIGHT.

PERIODS OF VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND REPETITIVE RAIN OVER THE SAME AREAS COULD PRODUCE SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS TO BECOME OUT OF THEIR BANKS.  IN ADDITION, FLOODING OF STREETS, LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS COULD OCCUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, TUE 6/25, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, TUE 6/25.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

Nelsonville’s Elizabeth St closed at 379 Elizabeth Thu, 6/27, to Sat, 6/29, 8AM to 5PM for Sanitary Sewer repair.

 

Nelso Road ClosedThe Nelsonville Street Department announces that Elizabeth Street will be closed to thru traffic at 379 Elizabeth beginning Thursday, June 27, 2013, continuing through Saturday, June 29, 2013, between the hours of 8:00AM to 5:00PM for installation of a Sanitary Sewer lines.  Detour signs will be located at College & Clinton Streets.  Traffic will be maintained between 5:00PM and 8:00AM on each of these days.