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Heavy Rain Expected Friday, Saturday as 'Issac' Churns North

Remnants from the Gulf Coast's hurricane--now a tropical storm--are expected to impact the Ozarks this weekend. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.

What’s left of Issac will continue to move north over the weekend. John Gagan is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield.

“We’ll start to see an increase in cloud cover tonight, and then rainfall will increase from north to south as we head through the morning and the afternoon hours of Friday. It looks like we’re going to have periods of rain, embedded thunderstorms from Friday through at least the first half of Saturday.”

Gagan says Springfield could see a 24 to 36 hour period of heavy rainfall as the remnants of Issac move through the area.

As Issac approaches, the Office of Emergency Management for Springfield-Greene County is watching it closely. The office is preparing by making sure their equipment works, and meeting with their partner agencies like Convoy of Hope and the Red Cross. And as with any type of severe weather, there are also things residents can do to prepare. Larry Woods is the assistant director for the office.

 “Our first and foremost thing is make sure you have a plan. Know what to do in the event we should have severe weather such as high wind events or tornados. Have a good shelter, a good place to go to protect yourself.”

Woods says it is also a good idea to have a weather radio. If you live in an area that tends to flood, Woods suggests monitoring the weather closely, and says you should be ready to go to higher ground.

For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.