NWS to certify Searcy company as storm ready

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service will recognize a Searcy company as a member of its StormReady Supporters program.

The designation recognizes businesses and non-governmental facilities that incorporate specific items into their severe weather plans.

Eaton Corp.'s Searcy office will be recognized July 22. It is the third Arkansas site to be certified as a StormReady Supporter.

Searcy is in White County, which had 1 of Arkansas' worst weather disasters 61 years ago when a tornado hit Judsonia. White County has had 72 tornadoes since 1950 and 335 severe thunderstorms in the last seven years.

Forecasters previously certified McKee Foods in Gentry and Nucor Steel in Blytheville as part of the StormReady Supporters program. A number of counties, cities and universities are dubbed as storm-ready; the supporter program is for businesses.

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