Geneva, Ala. (WDHN)—As Ian churns closer to Florida’s Central West Coast, one wiregrass EMA Director says folks across Southeast Alabama and the panhandle still need to remain vigilant.

In a teleconference with the National Weather Service, Geneva County EMA Director Brian Smith
says the hurricane’s current course brings good news to the wiregrass. Although he hates for anybody to be in its path.

With minimal rainfall over recent weeks, the water levels in both the Pea and Choctawhatchee rivers are way down. In the event of torrential rain, Smith does not believe it would cause any river issues for the “City of two rivers”.

Smith says he expects possible tropical storm wind gusts beginning late Wednesday and going through Friday. As of now, the weather service does not expect much precipitation for the tri-states.

Smith says low-end tropical gusts of winds can still down trees. If the weather does get bad, he asks
residents to avoid driving on the roads if at all possible.