Tracking the Tropics: Download the free FOX10 Storm Tracker Weather App
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Like the pictures he takes -- Byron Wilmoth knows Mother Nature is full of surprises.
“My experience has been with the weather -- that when something unexpected occurs like a delay -- we see that we think that we’re safe -- that usually down the line something is coming,” said Wilmoth.
Our unusually quiet storm season has the Gulf Coast closely watching a new disturbance.
“We’re a little worried about this one though. If you’ve lived through it like with Frederick and some of the other ones... If it comes up through that Gulf -- you’ve gotta watch it. I’m not going to turn my back on it. Again -- I’m going to prepare this weekend and maybe by Sunday we’ll know a little more about where it is going,” said Jimmy Smith, Mobile.
And one way to stay ahead of things -- our FOX10 Storm Tracker Preparedness Guide. A wealth of information inside -- everything from creating a hurricane supply kit, to safety precautions, and evacuations routes. They’re available for free at all Greer’s stores.
And if you really want a lifeline to the latest updates -- download our FOX 10 Storm Tracker app.
“You know we can always check in on the latest forecast. You can see updates on tropical activity... We have video forecast discussions,” explained FOX 10 Chief Meteorologist Jason Smith. “This is an interactive map -- so you can actually zoom in and pan and see this is the disturbance right here and these are a look at some of the major computer models showing it going up near the Yucatan Peninsula or towards Cuba.
And it’s easy to download -- not to mention free!
“Yeah -- this morning -- I was watching it and trying to follow the wave that is out there. Looking at the hurricane that is out there and the QR code popped up there. I actually just set my phone up there with the QR scanner and when it came up it was right in the window. So I uploaded it -- pretty helpful,” said one man.
While it’s still too early to tell -- staying plugged in is key.
“So I’d say -- never let your guard down. The weather is always in control. We’ve got very little -- all we can do is be careful and be prepared. I don’t think we ought to be fearful -- but I think we ought to be prepared,” said Wilmoth.
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