Macon-Bibb EMA urging people to prepare for severe storm weather

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As of now, Hurricane Florence is a category two storm–down one category from Wednesday–but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a very powerful one.

Officials with Macon-Bibb EMA say we could still some an impact.

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“There is a chance we may have power outages. We’re not completely out of the woods,” said EMA Director Spencer Hawkins.

EMA Director Spencer Hawkins says Middle Georgia may only see minimal effects of Florence.

“What we’re going to experience probably is very similar to what we would see from a standard summer severe storm,” he told 41NBC.



But despite the storm losing some traction, it’s still a serious storm. “The thing that was stressed on our call with the National Weather Service was it’s still a dangerous storm,” Hawkins explained.

That means residents and visitors still need to take precautions.

“Please have your emergency plan ready, emergency kit ready, make sure you have some flash lights with fresh batteries in in case the power does go out,” Hawkins said.

They anticipate pretty powerful winds. “Gusts between 15 and 20 miles an hour, and then maybe an inch or less of rain,” he added.

But the potential loss of power in some areas is why he says it’s so important to be ready and keep up with the alerts as they come.

“If this does come in over night, you want to make sure that you’re prepared and safe,” he said.

Hawkins says at this point they have not set up any emergency Red Cross shelters. However, Macon-Bibb EMA has been working closely with Visit Macon and there’s still hotel availability. You can call Visit Macon at 478-743-3401 to get more information on places with rooms.

For other updates on the storm’s status and information on how to get prepared click here.