It looks as if we are going to get our first test from the tropics this weekend with Hanna's arrival. Although right now Hanna is minimal storm, the fact that she has developed enough strength to be a hurricane should alert all of us to make the proper preparations as she approaches.
From our local view, common sense is the No. 1 requirement, so make sure you follow the basic rules to keep yourself safe. Many times people are injured due to circumstances that could have been prevented. Clean up any items that could become airborne during high winds, don't drive through flooded roadways, and by all means stay away from downed power lines.
You can count on the WMBF Storm Team and all of us at WMBF News to provide the most accurate information to keep your family informed and safe, before, during and after the storm. That is our No. 1 priority.
Hanna could be a run-through for what appears to be a more significant weather system, Hurricane Ike, which is building strength and moving westward. Let's hope and pray that Hanna continues to break up and becomes a non-event, and that Ike decides to take a path back out to the Atlantic.
Being prepared is vitally important. Not having to deal with a storm at all is even better.