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June 12, 2014

Storms, possible tornadoes in forecast

GREENVILLE — Hunt County could see another round of severe weather this afternoon, as a cold front approaches from the west.

The National Weather Service issued advisories Wednesday evening about the chances for very large hail and damaging winds, and even the potential for tornadoes, as the system moves across the region.

As the cold front approaches, the atmosphere over much of  North Texas is expected to become quite unstable. Scattered severe thunderstorms were likely to develop during the afternoon along and ahead of the front, which could produce hail larger than two inches in diameter and damaging wind gusts.

Meanwhile, a warm front moving northward will provide an enhanced threat for tornadoes across parts of North Texas during the afternoon hours, with the threat greatest east of Interstate 30, from Paris to Greenville to Athens through early evening.

The City of Greenville continues to promote the use of the CodeRED automatic notification system, which has been the warning system on which the city has relied for more than a year, since deciding against additional repairs to the emergency warning sirens.

The Greenville City Council voted in April 2013 against a budget amendment to upgrade the city’s emergency warning sirens, following months of problems with the units.

During the April 3 tornado event, only one of the city’s five emergency sirens — located at the Greenville SportsPark — was operational.

CodeRED is a high speed telephone communication service that can deliver customized, pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses at the rate of 60,000 calls per hour.

The CodeRED system uses intranet mapping which allows for calls to be placed to a certain geographic area of Greenville, or city-wide as circumstances warrant. The system’s main purpose is to notify citizens or groups of citizens in emergency situations. The system has the ability to be used for non-emergency notifications as well.

Local residents who do not have Internet access that wish to sign up for CodeRED, may call the City Manager’s Office at 903- 457-3116 or visit the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library for assistance.

Additional information about the CodeRED system is available on the City of Greenville web site at


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