COPPERAS COVE — One might forgive Gary Young if he wasn’t at least a little annoyed when an integral part of a new machine broke down after two months in use, causing the Cove weather station at the main fire station to go down for a month, leaving Cove residents without the ability to go online to get instantaneous updates of local weather.
“I was shocked, to be honest,” the deputy chief of the Copperas Cove Fire Department said. “It was a brand-new machine and to go down like that was less than ideal.”
But after maintenance, Young said the station is back online and broadcasting weather readings on the Internet.
The Copperas Cove Division of Emergency Management requested the weather station during the budget process last year so an additional source for preparedness information could be provided to residents.
Young said it was a relief when he learned the part was under warranty.
“It made it easier to deal with, that’s for sure,” he said.
Emergency Management urges residents to “be prepared” and to stay informed about the weather forecast so “they may be prepared to take the appropriate steps to protect themselves and their families,” according to a news release.
Young said residents with smartphones can get weather information with the Weatherlink Application.
Cove’s weather station is at www.weatherlink.com/user/copperascove.
Contact James Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-501-7554.