Severe Weather Misses Dallas County Tuesday


By Ashley Thompson

Dallas County did not get hit as hard as expected but people who live there still prepared for potentially dangerous weather today.

Selma residents braced for the worst Tuesday afternoon, expecting to see severe weather. We caught Jalisa Riddle at the store with her mother stocking up on supplies in case the storm came through.

"I was at work and my mom told me about the weather and she said, Jalisa get you some water and pray," she says.

Her mother, Jocelyn Vickers, says she isn't taking any chances with the weather and encourages her daughter to take shelter at her house.

"She might come to my house," says Vickers. "Sometimes, she'll call and say, mom we're headed to your way and I'll say come on."

Other Selma residents tell us they prepared for the worst because they've seen it before.

"Eight years ago, when they had, I guess Good Friday when it touched down a while back," explains Dondi Fikes.

Monday, Dallas County saw strong winds and late night storms. One viewer tweeted us a picture of what looks to be the remains of a mobile home in Sardis.

Selma City Schools and Dallas County Schools released students early Tuesday afternoon. Dallas County Schools Superintendent Don Willingham says it was a precautionary measure.

"If the weather comes in, we know they're safe and if the weather doesn't come in, we still did the right thing," he says.

Willingham says school officials will now determine how to make up for missed work.

"Today, we were actually giving end of course testing so we're making arrangements of when to pick that back up when the students come back. "


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