Lowndes County prepares for hurricane season with storm briefing

| May 31, 2017

LOWNDES CO. – With only two days until hurricane season begins, 27 South Georgia agencies met for a hurricane briefing.

The meeting took place Tuesday morning at the Lowndes County Emergency Operations Center.

The briefing included preparing for the 2017 hurricane season forecast, and discussing how to move forward after the state was hit by its first major storm in years.

Hurricane Hermine’s winds ripped a destructive path through Lowndes County, damaging homes and farm land.

“We talk about risk assessment. If we did have big winds, what could go down and impact your property,” says Paige Duke with the Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency. “I think Hermine was a good reminder of how that can happen and I think people are taking a little closer look at what they might need to trim and what they might need to take down.”

The Lowndes County EMA is also looking at Florida’s weather and its impact on the South Georgia community.

In 2016, over 10,000 Hurricane Matthew evacuees rushed into Lowndes County shelters, and booked up hotels past the Atlanta area.

The Lowndes County EMA is planning its first public briefing in June.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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