Counties around south Georgia are preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine to bring severe weather in less than 24 hours now.
"We put our plans in place a couple of days ago," said Paige Duke, Lowndes County Public Information Officer.
The forecast has been updated to 7-9 inches of rain expected and wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour.
Officials are sending two messages to Valdosta and Lowndes County residents.
The first is to put all patio furniture away and tie up any playground equipment or trampolines.
The second is to make sure you do not park your vehicles or equipment on a drain.
There are now flash flood watches in effect.
"We want to make sure that everyone has any drainage structures, any storm drains, anything like that in their yard or business, that they take a look at those and make sure that there are no obstructions," said Dukes.
If you live within city limits, you can report flooded streets or trees down to the new Valdosta Click-N-Fix app.
The county urges that residents do NOT call 911 about those minor issues.
"That can be a problem during storms whenever we have all of our 911 dispatchers busy taking actual emergency calls and dispatching emergency responders," said Dukes.
As of now both the city and county schools will be open on Thursday.
Valdosta City schools already planned to have an early dismissal on Friday.
"We had already released that information that we were closing on Friday so we will just have to make a decision on whether we are open at all," said Jennifer Steedly, Valdosta City Schools.
They said the safety of their students comes first.
"A lot of times are students are better off in the school building however standing at the bus stop in the heart of a storm early in the morning, its just not the safest environment," said Steedly.
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