MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - With the Federal government shut down what does that mean for the National Weather Service as we track a tropical system in the Caribbean?
TRACKING CARIBBEAN SYSTEM
It may be October, but the tropical season in not over. All eyes are on a disturbance in the Caribbean that could impact our area by the weekend.
National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Garmon told us, “There’s a chance that this could develop into a tropical cyclone as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico in the next 48 to 72 hours and it’s just something we’re going to have to pay attention too.”
“There’s probably going to be impacts with this as it moves up into the north-central Gulf over the weekend.”
WASHED-OUT IN WASHINGTON
While that system is being tracked, a storm of a different sort is impacting Washington. Garmon, and his colleagues are all federal employees. They will continue working during despite the government shut down, because they are considered essential. They will be fully staffed to provide critical information over what could be a busy weekend.
“All the core mission items of the National Weather Service are being fulfilled,” Garmon told us.
The National Hurricane Center will also keep running and the hurricane hunters will keep flying, no matter what’s happening in Washington.
However, while the folks at the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to work through the shut down, there will some lines of communication shut off, mainly Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.
That will mean less interaction for the public, but the information you need will keep coming and we’ll have it for you on FOX10 News.
PAYCHECKS SHUT DOWN
The National Weather Service employees, like all essential federal employees, are at work but they won’t see a paycheck until the shut down is over.
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