Birmingham meteorologists partner with Alabama Power for severe weather awareness

Birmingham meteorologists partner with Alabama Power for severe weather awareness
Alabama Power customers pay their bills at the East Jefferson Business Office. (Keisa Sharpe/Alabama NewsCenter)

Alabama has seen its share of severe weather.

These past few weeks our state has not only been hit with tornadoes, but also extreme cold temperatures uncharacteristic of a southeastern spring.

Meteorologists say spring is always a volatile season for Alabama, with a mixed bag of weather possible.

WBRC-TV FOX 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt spoke to customers at the East Jefferson Business Office Monday, making a brief weather presentation.

He also answered questions about spring weather predictions and shared storm safety tips.

“We always tell our viewers to take storm warnings seriously and have multiple ways to keep track of the forecast,” said Wyatt.

“It especially becomes a dangerous situation when storms roll through overnight, so it’s important to watch your local news or even use your cell phones to keep track of storm warnings.”

Customers at the Alabama Power East Jefferson Business Office, located at 9820 Parkway East, were treated to refreshments, weather safety information, a weather radio programming demonstration and had an opportunity to take selfies with Wyatt. They also entered their name in a drawing for an emergency preparation kit.

“It’s is so important that Alabamians remain weather aware and respond appropriately,” said Wyatt. “Having the right information helps you take the proper steps to keep you and your family safe.”

“We want to make our customers feel valued,” said Alabama Power Manager Natalie Bailey. “We are a part of the community and we want them to know we are here for them.”

“When a severe weather event occurs, they look to the meteorologists for weather updates and to Alabama Power for outage updates, so this is a natural partnership for us,” said Bailey.

Meteorologists from other Birmingham television stations will host presentations at three other Alabama Power Business Offices:
• CBS 42 Meteorologist Mark Prater, West Jefferson Business Office, April 11 from 10 a.m. until noon.
• ABC 33/40 Meteorologist Brian Peters, Pelham Business Office, April 19, 10 a.m. until noon.
• NBC 13 Meteorologist Jerry Tracey, Metro Central Business Office, April 27, 10 a.m. until noon.

Customers are invited to visit their local business office and meet the weathermen and receive severe weather/storm safety tips.

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