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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert declared a State of Emergency for the county as Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall.
In a news release from the county, it states Macon-Bibb is now under a Tropical Storm Watch.The State of Emergency begins at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will last the duration of the storm’s impact on the county.
Tropical Storm winds in Macon-Bibb are expected to last from about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through 7:00 a.m. Thursday, with an increase of tornado threats throughout the day Wednesday.
The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Operations Center will fully activate at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10. A shelter for evacuees will open at 6:00 p.m.on Tuesday, October 9.
“We want to stress the importance of preparing your families for this storm, and to shelter in place once it begins to move through our area,” says Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins. “We are anticipating similar wind speeds to what we had with Tropical Storm Irma, so people can expect power outages and fallen trees and power lines.”
Along with the county, the American Red Cross will open an evacuation shelter at the South Bibb County Recreation Center at 7035 Houston Road. It will open Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The shelter cannot take in animals, if you have pets, you can take them to the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare at 4214 Fulton Mill Road.
If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you do not, you can call 478-432-6300.