UPDATE: Macon-Bibb EMA announces Monday closures

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Hurricane Irma is slowly creeping near and the time to get prepared is creeping away.

Macon-Bibb has been placed under a tropical storm warning as of 6:00 Sunday morning that will go on until Tuesday morning.

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That was just one of the many updates given at Macon-Bibb EMA’s news conference at city hall.

In less than 24 hours, Middle Georgia residents will feel the storm we’ve heard so much about.

“Starting Monday morning around 8:00 A.M. is when we’re gonna be seeing those tropical storm winds, and that’s anywhere from 40 to 50 mile per hour sustained winds,” said EMA Director Spencer Hawkins



At a news conference on Sunday, Macon-Bibb EMA gave a final summary of what that Category 3 Hurricane will bring.

“We’re gonna see down trees, we’re gonna see power outages and power lines down, and there is a potential for flooding.”

Much of the county will shut down on Monday. “The MTA routes will not be running on Monday,” said Dave Golder.

“The Macon-Bibb County School district will be closed on Monday and Tuesday,” said David Gowan with Bibb County Schools.

Though county agencies may be closing, a few more shelters have opened up.

“We’ve just opened our fifth center in Macon-Bibb area,” said Red Cross’s Sherry Nicholson.

Rosa Jackson Recreation Center is the latest addition to the list.

“You can find safety with your family, get snacks drinks meals and just be together and ride out the storm,” Nicholson continued.

As for those taking to their homes for shelter, Hawkins says to double check everything.

“Review your emergency plan, check your emergency kit, make sure you have extra batteries make sure your weather radio works make sure you have a first aid kit.”

Staying alert and informed will be key to weathering this storm.

Even though Macon-Bibb County will shut down, you can still direct any questions or non life threatening concerns during this time to this number–it’s 478-832-6300