Preparing for storms
Good afternoon. We are preparing for storms and so are local Emergency Management Agencies.
Shower and storm chances will be increasing over the next couple of days as a storm system and cold front moves in from the west. Despite the scenes we've been seeing from the plains the last few days, we do NOT expect storms of that magnitude around here. Damaging wind and hail will be our primary storm threats, with only an isolated tornado possible. Brad Travis will have your latest forecast at 5. Stay weather aware with the WAFF Weather app for your smartphone. We'll also be streaming live online beginning at 8pm. You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook for weather warnings as they're issued.
We're making huge strides in debris removal in the Tennessee Valley. There are designated dump sites and there is also debris removal help. Elizabeth Gentle went out to Limestone and Madison Counties to see where the mess is being taken. We'll tell you everything you need to know about removing anything from trees to entire houses from your property.
We've taken several phone calls about problems with emergency EBT cards. Bobby Shuttleworth is clearing up the confusion in Morgan County. DHR says storm victims who are experiencing problems with their cards should have everything cleared up within 24 hours. If after tomorrow, there is still no money in the account, residents can call the DHR help line at 1-888-658-6585 and leave a message.
The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to both the general fund and education budgets and sent them to Governor Robert Bentley. The Alabama House finished work on the budgets Wednesday morning when it approved a $1.8 billion general fund budget for most non-education state agencies. Some House members complained that the final budget approved by a House-Senate conference committee provides additional cuts to some state agencies, including Medicaid. We'll have more details on the budget tonight at 5.