Friday, August 22 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:33:57 GMT
The Pine Hill Volunteer Fire Department is receiving a new ladder truck Friday which will enhance their response coverage area. The Alabama Forestry Commission is presenting the 2006 fire engine ladderMore >>
The Pine Hill Volunteer Fire Department is receiving a new ladder truck Friday which will enhance their response coverage area.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:19:51 GMT
Governor Robert Bentley is joining school representatives and mascots from Alabama's 14 public universities and colleges promoting the upcoming College Colors Day.This College Color Day celebration isMore >>
Governor Robert Bentley is joining school representatives and mascots from Alabama's 14 public universities and colleges promoting the upcoming College Colors Day.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:15:17 GMT
Ukraine's armed forces say they have caused heavy casualties among pro-Russian separatist forces, although their overall advance quelling the rebel resistance remains haphazard and faltering.More >>
Russia sent over 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying it had lost patience with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a...More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:04:50 GMT
A Gaza health official says two Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli airstrike as fighting continued for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led cease-fire talks.More >>
Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel's...More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - Social media is changing what it means to "like" something. It changed what it means to be "friends." It is also changing what it means to go through a winter storm.
"I have been here for over a year now," said Action News 5 Traffic Tracker Janeen Gordon. "I have never seen my traffic map look like this. It is covered in accidents."
She was right. There were hundreds of wrecks during the Wednesday morning commute. In Memphis alone, police reported working on more than 120 weather-related crashes since 12 a.m. That number does not include the surrounding areas, where road conditions were reported to be even worse.
Tony Dean turned to Action News 5. He says between the app and the on air coverage, he knew what roads to avoid. He credits social media for keeping him aware.
"There'e been a lot of crazy weather across the nation that I've seen. It's been crazy weather," he said.
But make sure you always look before you retweet. Late Tuesday night, a fake SCS account was created on Twitter and the one tweet it sent out before being disabled was relaying false information.
SCS officials say you should not always rely on social media.
"We wont send out any information just haphazardly, we'll send it out all at once," said SCS Chief of Staff Reginald Porter.
Action News 5 bumped NBC programming to provide wall-to-wall weather coverage, showing photos, tweets, and Facebook posts from all over the Mid-South.
It is weather coverage you can count on from the Action News 5 storm tracking team, news team, and digital team.