LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - A voluntary evacuation is now in place for Lowndes County.
Officials said that anyone concerned with staying in Lowndes County as Hurricane Irma heads towards Southwest Georgia is encouraged to evacuate the area.
Officials said potential impacts of the storm in the area could be extensive and include:
- Major damage to frame built homes, with some experiencing partial roof or wall collapse.
- Numerous windows and garage doors will fail, leading to additional structural damage.
- Mobile homes significantly damaged, with many destroyed.
- Damage increased by large projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for days to weeks.
- Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted with roadway signs blown over.
- Some primary and many secondary roads are impassible due to debris.
- Significant power and communication outages.
Officials also said that there could be six to 10 inches of rain with more possible.
Sheltering: Those residing in mobile homes should seek more adequate shelter from this storm. No one should remain in a recreational vehicle. Additional shelters will be opened as needed and as space becomes available. Shelters are currently open at the following locations:
- CrossPointe Church, 4100 North Valdosta Road, Valdosta (no pets)
- Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 East Park Avenue, Valdosta (some pet space)
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