Family welcomes baby girl during Hurricane Michael, naming her Storm

Baby Storm was born Wednesday, weighing 6 lbs, 3 oz.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many looked for shelter as Hurricane Michael hit Middle Georgia Wednesday night, but one family weathered out the storm by welcoming a new addition to their family.

“She came out, she was a girl. He was excited. I cried lots of tears. Thanked god for this blessing,” mother LaTasha Gerard said.

It’s the calm, after the storm for the Gerard family at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon.

“The doctor came in, obviously she was born during the storm. With it being a scheduled c-section, when the doctor came in she told me that all the other scheduled surgeries for that day had to be canceled. Except for ours,” father Renaldo Gerard said.

“And here she is,” LaTasha said.

After her c-section, the family welcomed their six pounds and three ounce bundle of joy, Storm.

“My husband and my daughters were talking about it and I was just like, ‘Storm? Why not Stormi? That’s cuter.’ Eventually, I was like OK. Well we can go with Storm,” she said.

LaTasha had other names in mind, but Storm couldn’t be any more fitting.

“Since she was pretty much going to be the only one being born during the storm with a scheduled c-section and all it would be really nice to name her Storm,” Renaldo said.

Hurricane Michael May have come in like a lion, but the Gerard’s are leaving with a lame.

This isn’t the first time the Gerard’s weathered out a storm with a newborn. While living in Louisiana, two days before Hurricane Katrina they had to evacuate with their twin newborn girls.

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Tanya comes all the way from Chicago, Illinois. She’s a city girl that’s excited to be a part of Middle Georgia’s community and tell your stories! She received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She also spent a few semesters studying at San Diego State University. While in college, she interviewed Joan Rivers before she passed away, was on the red carpet for the movie premiere of “Chiraq” and also interned with ABC7’s investigative reporters and Bill Kurtis. Tanya spent nearly 2 years reporting in Billings, Montana where she covered a lot of politics and agriculture. In her spare time, Tanya is a sports fanatic, so even though the Chicago Bears and Bulls didn’t know how to win this season, she still roots for them. You can guarantee you’ll run into her at the gym every day. If you do, stop by and say hi! Share your stories with her and don’t be surprised if she’s hiding chocolate chip cookies in her gym bag.