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Frances and its Effects on Thomasville

It's more than the threat of severe weather that puts Georgia under a state of emergency right now.

Thomas County law enforcement and Red Cross officials were among those discussing disaster plans for southwest Georgia as Hurricane Frances threatens to rear its ugly head on Florida.

Though the exact path of Frances is unknown, officials say there's still a sense of urgency. People are already evacuating to Thomasville. Quality Inn is booked through Sunday with people like the Swartzfager’s from Daytona Beach.

Patty Swartzfager says, "We went through Charley and that wasn't any fun, so we had plenty of notice and time and just wanted to get out of there just in case."

In addition to a high volume of traffic from Florida evacuees, officials expect heavy rains and high winds from Hurricane Frances, but in case it's worse they are prepared to take care of both visitors and residents.

Pat Rentz says, "Do we have enough supplies? Do we have enough food? We're getting all of that prepared right now, so it'll all be ready."

Emergency officials say they'll be at the beck and call of the community, but they do ask for one thing.

Chris Jones, EMS director in Thomas County, says, "Go ahead and get their family prepared, if they're prepared, we're better prepared."

They’re prepared for the worst, but hoping and praying for the best.

Nearly a half a million Floridians were ordered to evacuate and Georgia officials expect to handle much of that population influx.


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