Lowndes County hotels fill with Florence evacuees

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 13, 2018

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Hotels and motels are filling up with people in Hurricane Florence's path, evacuating to South Georgia.

Lowndes County officials said most of the rooms in the area are completely full. One of those is Days Inn off I-75 near the Valdosta mall.

"Getting a lot of people coming in, calling, extending, staying for like seven days," said General Manager Cedric Tyson. "We're calling other hotels trying to make arrangements for people who are calling, who are looking for lodging."

Lucia Braxton and her family came Wednesday from Hinesville, Georgia.

"Going towards Atlanta the roads were getting kind of sticky, and a lot of people going that direction, so we didn't go that direction we came further south," Braxton said.

Braxton said, after going through these storms for decades, they don't take the risk.

"We look at the outlook better now. When we hear about a storm we make plans in two or three different places, and then we cancel out in the areas we don't have to go," Braxton said.

Now, she hopes others do the same.

"Pay attention to the weather. Pay attention as we said, and make plans ahead and then you don't have to worry about where you got to go," Braxton said.

Lowndes County Emergency Management said it will continue to monitor what's going on around South Georgia. No emergency shelter is being opened now, but officials said that could change if the need is there.