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Mayor asking businesses to close early

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is encouraging local businesses to allow their employees to go home early Friday, as severe weather approaches. City employees who are not involved in emergency response will be allowed to leave their offices at 2 p.m., Gray said.

He said one reason he’s asking businesses to act is because local schools are releasing students early. “We want to get everyone home safely and to avoid traffic back-ups,” Gray said.

The Mayor also asked citizens to secure all outdoor trash containers, which often blow into the street and cause damage during high winds. Citizens are also encouraged to limit travel this afternoon and evening and stay tuned to a local television and/or radio station for the latest weather information.

Public employees are on alert in the Division of Emergency Management, Code Enforcement, Police, Streets and Roads, Fire and Emergency Services, the Health Department and in the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office. They mayor says backup crews are also on standby.

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