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TCSO Explorer Post 137 Takes Part in BSA Winterfest 2023

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough along with Explorers and their advisors, Captain Rollins Jackson & Lieutenant Chris Strickland, traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the annual BSA Winterfest last week.

Explorers are individuals between the ages of 14 & 21 who are considering a future in law enforcement.  At Winterfest the Explorers take part in likely law enforcement scenarios.  Members of Post 137 brought home second place honors in the Uniform Inspection contest.

If you're interested in joining the Explorer program, contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office at 229-388-6021 for more information.  They meet bi-weekly at the Sheriff's Office

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Severe Storms Expected Late Tonight Into Wednesday

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Sheriff Swears In New Deputy

 Sheriff Gene Scarbrough swore in new Deputy Brett Womack today.  

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Possible Severe Weather This Afternoon & Evening

Good Morning,

Changes Since Last Briefing:

Both the Slight Risk and Marginal Risk areas have expanded eastward and southward. In addition, a wind advisory has been posted for this afternoon for portions of the area for wind gusts near 40 mph well ahead of the line of storms.  

 

Bottom Line:

There is a Slight Risk (Level 2 of 5) of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, mainly along and west of a line from northern Walton county to Bainbridge to Moultrie to Fitzgerald.

 

A Marginal Risk (Level 1 of 5) extends south and east from there to Dixie county.

 

A wind advisory extends roughly along a line from Panama City to Bainbridge to Fitzgerald and westward for gusts near 40 mph well ahead of the line of thunderstorms this afternoon.

 

Damaging wind gusts are the main threat. However, a tornado or two cannot be ruled out, primarily in the slight risk area. Some hail is also possible.

Overview:

    When: This afternoon and evening.     What: A line of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms will move east-southeast across the region. The line of storms will gradually weaken as it moves out of the Slight Risk area this evening. Damaging wind gusts are the main threat, but a tornado or two cannot be ruled out along with some hail.     Where: Slight Risk area located mainly along and west of a line from northern Walton county to Bainbridge to Moultrie to Fitzgerald.
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New Deputy & Two New Detention Officers Sworn In

New Deputy Joe Sarno was sworn in this week by Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.

Sheriff Scarbrough also swore in two new Detention Officers Zack Cissell & Blake Davis.

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Severe Weather Possible Today

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch in effect until 2pm this afternoon for the following areas in South Central Georiga:

Tift, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes & Thomas Counties.

Bottom Line:

Severe weather will be possible today with damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and heavy rainfall all possible. A Flood Watch remains in effect for portions of SE Alabama and SW Georgia.

Overview:

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to impact our area beginning in the predawn hours in southeast Alabama and the western Florida panhandle then spread eastward  through the remainder of the area today. This line is associated with a cold front which will slowly push through the area by Thursday morning. Given the atmospheric environment early this morning, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail, and isolated heavy rainfall will be possible with these storms. A Flood Watch has been issued for Coffee, Dale, and Henry counties in SE Alabama as well as Clay, Quitman, and Randolph counties in SW Georgia. While these counties have a higher likelihood of heavy rainfall, isolated pockets of heavy rainfall are possible area-wide.

 

 

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Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for a wonderful and safe New Year from all of us at the Tift  County Sheriff's Office. We look forward to helping make 2023 an excellent year for our community.

As we approach the new year, my commitment to this county's citizens remains strong, and I will continue to work with you to improve the quality of life for our county's current and future residents. I hope that 2023 will be a year when members of our community frequently extend a helping hand to their neighbors, coworkers, family, friends and strangers in need.

It's an absolute pleasure to say "thank you" to our community, as we wish you a full year of happiness and success.

Please contact my office if we can be of assistance.

Thank you,

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough

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Marginal Risk Of Severe Weather Tonight

 

Good Morning,

There is a marginal risk of severe weather tonight for portions of the Florida panhandle near the coast and across most of the area on Saturday. In addition, a marginal risk of excessive rainfall exists across most of the western half of the area, mainly for tonight. A slight risk of excessive rainfall exists for Walton county tonight.

 

The main threats consist of isolated reports of damaging winds impacting trees and power lines and isolated instances of flash flooding with water over a few roadways.  A brief tornado or two also cannot be ruled out.  

 

Most locations across the western half of the area are expected to see 1-2 inches of rainfall, which will be beneficial to the drought conditions and not cause flooding. However, isolated pockets of 4-5 inches of rain in a short period of time could lead to a few instances of water over roadways tonight.  The areas most likely to see any flooding or severe weather are near the coast across the Florida panhandle.    

 

 

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Bitterly Cold & Dangerous Wind Chills Tonight & Thru The Weekend

Good morning,

 

Bottom Line:

Bitterly cold temperatures, strong winds, and dangerous wind chills are expected across the area after a strong arctic front moves through tonight or Friday morning.

 

Changes:

    Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect for southeast Alabama, the western FL Panhandle counties, and GA counties west of the Flint River Friday morning. The rest of the counties join Friday evening.     A Hard Freeze Warning goes into effect for Coffee, Dale, and Geneva Counties for Friday morning.     A Hard Freeze Watch remains in effect for the entire forecast area Friday night through Sunday morning.     A Coastal Flood Advisory goes into effect this afternoon for the Emerald Coast and then this evening for the Forgotten and Nature coasts.      High Rip Current Risk begins this afternoon for coastal Walton, Bay, and Gulf  counties.        A High Surf Advisory goes into effect this afternoon for coastal Bay and Gulf counties     A Gale Warning is in effect for the entire marine area from this evening through Friday evening.

Overview:

 

Temperatures:

    Temperatures will sharply fall behind the cold front early Friday morning with a brief hard freeze in southeast Alabama. Temperatures will fall into the 20s and 30s across the rest of the area through Friday afternoon.     Afternoon temperatures will only be in the 30s Saturday with 40s possible Sunday. Hard freezes are expected Friday night through Sunday night across the entire area. Low temperatures Friday through Sunday nights will be in the teens to lower 20s.     NOTE: Hard freeze conditions are not expected during the afternoon. However, temperatures will struggle to get above freezing Saturday afternoon across southeast Alabama and southern Georgia.

Winds:

    Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph Friday, decreasing Friday night into the weekend.

Wind Chills:

    Wind chills Friday morning and afternoon will be in the teens and 20s, falling into the single digits and teens Friday night into Saturday morning.     Wind chills will become less of an issue Saturday and Sunday as winds subside, though bitterly cold temperatures remain.

Marine & Coastal Impacts:

    Minor coastal flooding is possible along the Panhandle and Big Bend coasts Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Water levels of 1.5 to 2.5 feet above normally dry ground are possible along the Panhandle and western Big Bend coast. Water levels of 2 to 3 feet above normally dry ground are possible along the eastern Big Bend.     Gale conditions are likely over the waters beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday evening.     There is a high risk of rip currents along Walton, Bay, and Gulf County beaches beginning this afternoon and along Franklin County beaches on Friday.     High surf of 5 to 7 feet is expected tonight into Friday along Bay and Gulf County beaches.

Fire Weather:

    Gusty winds and minRH values around 25-35% may lead to elevated fire weather conditions on Friday. Fuels across the area seemed to have recovered from the last few rounds of rain, thus we should remain below any watch or warning thresholds. 

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Don't Forget Your Pets With Cold Weather Coming

With subfreezing temperatures in our forecast later this week, it's important to make sure your fur babies are protected.

Low temperatures in the teens and 20s are expected Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with winds making it feel like temperatures are in the single digits.

Exposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws, itchy, flaking skin, and other discomforts for pets.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet's health, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends following these tips:

Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. After each walk, wash and dry your pet's feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals - and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. Remember, if it's too cold for you, it's probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.
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