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Weather threat ‘very serious,’ shelter to open at 3 p.m.

The threat of severe weather in Brookhaven and surrounding areas today is “very serious,” said Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey.

The storm shelter in the Brookhaven/FEMA Building, 1100 Industrial Park Road, will open at 3 p.m. Restrooms and a chair will be provided. No pets are allowed, and people taking advantage of the shelter must bring anything they might need.

“Very seldom do we see this high of a chance come from the Storm Prediction Center,” Galey said. “Please stay weather aware today.”

Updated weather forecasts show showers and thunderstorms mainly after 4 p.m. until about 9 p.m. Some could produce heavy rainfall between a 10th and a quarter of an inch or higher amounts during thunderstorms.

Some of the storms may produce winds up to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. A 15-30% chance of tornados has been predicted for the area.

“It doesn’t look good,” Galey said. “I’m concerned.”