Mayflower Sets up Live Stream to Look out for Storms

MAYFLOWER, Ark. - Three years after a killer tornado left a path of destruction across Mayflower, the city is arming itself with new technology it hopes will save lives.

The equipment allows operators to see for miles and miles via a live stream.

"It's a vision," says Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland.

"We can pan the cameras to look in any direction," explains Angela Patterson, Mayflower Communications Coordinator.

Mayflower's newest gagdet aims to give the city a clearer view of when it's in danger.

"We are all excited about this because I think this thing will hopefully save some lives," Holland adds.

Installed just days ago, cameras perched atop the highest point in Faulkner County now send live streaming video back to a command center at city hall.

It should give earlier notice if the city is in the path of a dangerous storm. It's something the city envisioned after getting hit by the tornado of 2014.

"I mean, it was heartbreaking," says Patterson.

It's not just at city hall. The city's actually working on a way for residents of Mayflower to get this live stream on their phones.

Patterson says having the picture gives her peace of mind.

"You don't have to rely on television models you see, with all these blotches of color. You know you don't always know what that means," she continues.

It's big time technology for this little town.

"I think Mayflower has been a leader in a lot of areas since the tornado because of the tornado," Patterson adds.

They were inspired, by looking back.

"So, after going through something like that you have to try to find tools to make things better," says Mayor Holland.

But now they're preparing, by looking ahead. Overall, the project cost the city about 10 thousand dollars.

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