Macon-Bibb County EMA and School District prepare for weather threat

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb County EMA and the Macon-Bibb School District held a joint news conference early Thursday afternoon to give an update on the path of Hurricane Hermine as the storm continues on through the Southeast region, as well as to answer a few questions.

“We’re still under the potential for heavy rains, high winds, anywhere from 20-25 miles per hour,” said EMA director Spencer Hawkins. “Some localized flooding from those heavy rains and there is a potential of an outside threat of tornadoes.”

Hawkins went on to say that if you haven’t done so already, you should acquire or update a severe weather kit that has bottled water, non-perishable food items, and a weather radio with new batteries.

He also had a warning for drivers that find themselves coming across flooded roads, “We always stick with the adage don’t drown, turn around. Find another route.”

David Gowan with Macon-Bibb County Schools was also on hand to give an update on how the district plans to handle the severe weather threat.

“We make any final decision whether to keep schools open or to close them, we base that on the best information we have at the time,” Gowan said. “I want to assure parents that we do have severe weather procedures. When we are in school tomorrow, if we need to implement those, we do have a way to shelter in place.”

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