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Thomas Co. officials make preparations for Hermine

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THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Category 1 Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall Thursday night or early Friday morning affecting many south Georgia counties.

Thomas County is under a Flood Watch Warning and is expecting tons of rain to bear down as Hermine rolls though. 

In a meeting Thursday morning, county officials came together to discuss updates with the National Weather Service.

Emergency Management officials are working on preparations for keep people safe during the storm.

The residents in Thomas County are on edge.

EMA Director Chris Jones said he expects that some residents here in the county could be without power for three days.

"We're fully staffed, fully prepared. Unfortunately the only thing we can do with weather is react to it and we will react and react swiftly," said Jones.

Crews have been working around the clock to help people here stay safe.

Inmate firefighters helping out filling sandbags as the county prepares for it's first big storm since Hurricane Kate 30 years ago.

The storm is expect to barrel in and cause serious damage.

Officials are going to set up the Emergency Operations Center at 8 p.m. and everyone is going to be working throughout the night.

Some even leaving their families at home while they work to make sure everyone in the county stays safe.

All of the schools in this area have reported that they will be closed on Friday. 

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