Rain in forecast

A forecast of heavy rain and the potential for severe weather this weekend is forcing some events scheduled Saturday to make alternative arrangements.

A forecast of heavy rain and the potential for severe weather this weekend is forcing some events scheduled Saturday to make alternative arrangements.

The local observance of the Great Texas Trash Off and the Hot Diggity Dog Jog/Bark In The Park are setting new dates, with the annual car show at the Hunt County Fairgrounds expected to make a decision later today.

As of Thursday evening, the National Weather Service forecast was calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms to arrive locally by early Saturday morning. An increasing risk of showers and thunderstorms, with some of the storm possibly reaching severe status, were forecast for Saturday into Saturday evening. Additional rainfall was in the forecasts through Monday morning.

A severe weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service was advising that all forms of severe weather would be possible with the storms, including hail, damaging winds, and flooding due to heavy rains.

— The forecast prompted Keep Greenville Beautiful to reset Saturday’s local observance of the Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off. The event, which was scheduled at Westview United Methodist Church in Greenville, is now scheduled at the church on May 11.

— The eighth annual Hot Diggity Dog Jog for  Pet Cancer Awareness, presented by the Turtle Creek Veterinary Medical Center in Greenville, which was scheduled Saturday in the Greenville SportsPark along with the “bark in the park” events, has been moved to the park on April 27. Additional information is available at www.hotdiggitydogjog.com or by calling the Turtle Creek Veterinary Medical Center at 903-454-6222.

— The 20th Annual Swap Meet began Thursday at the Hunt County Fairgrounds and is scheduled to continue through Saturday. However, organizers said the status of Saturday’s 16th Annual Car Show at the Fairgrounds will be decided this afternoon. Additional information is available by calling 903-408-7070 or 903-453-4802.

— Should a potential tornado strike in the Greenville area the city maintains a free automatic telephone notification system to warn residents of dangerous weather conditions.

The City of Greenville utilizes the CodeRED automatic notification system, 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 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.

Additional information about the CodeRED system is available on the City of Greenville web site at www.ci.greenville.tx.us/299/CodeRED-Emergency-Notification-System.

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