Hurricane Michael evacuees pass through the Chattahoochee Valley in search of shelter

Hurricane Michael evacuees pass through the Chattahoochee Valley in search of shelter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Local officials are continuing to track Hurricane Michael ahead of landfall.

Whether it is people from the Florida Panhandle, Southern Alabama, or Georgia, the Chattahoochee Valley is expecting to see some evacuees in the next coming days.

Many people are already making their way to the area.

We’ve got our two dogs, cat, and two kids, just food and dogs food, we got it all,” said Justin Baldwin who is coming from Tallahassee, Florida.

Baldwin said he and his wife made the decision to evacuate and are headed to his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“We made the decision yesterday after they canceled classes at FSU, we decided to head out. I think it’s going to get pretty nasty said Baldwin.

The many people traveling from parts of Georgia and particularly Florid, are making stops along the way, in Chattahoochee County, Quitman County, and surrounding areas.

They said they are just trying to make it to a safer location.

“Our son lives in Kennesaw. We were just on vacation again, we hopped in the car and said let’s see if they can tolerate us for a couple of days,” said Chris and Ilene Hawkins, also from Tallahassee, Florida.

The Hawkins said they are always on standby during hurricane season, packing up and heading up Georgia Highway 27 at just a moments notice.

“This is the second time we’ve had to evacuate. We went to a shelter last year for Irma and we didn’t even lose electricity. This year, they said for sure we would lose it. We decided to go,” said Hawkins.

Many areas in the Chattahoochee Valley are bracing for the possibility of severe weather and welcoming evacuees.

Numerous schools and government closings are being reported to News Leader 9, along with the opening of emergency centers in various counties.

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