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'Just want to get on home': Evacuees wait out Florence in Middle Georgia

Charles Tortorete and his wife have been trying to get home to Florida since the beginning of June, but bad weather has kept getting in their way. They're staying at a RV park in Baldwin County until Florence passes/Claudia Coco (WGXA)

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ga. -- Hurricane Florence is expected to hit Baldwin County this weekend.

Emergency Management Agency director Wayne Johnson said crews always have a plan in case the weather turns bad, but added that none of his workers are on standby yet based on what he sees now.

Johnson said if conditions worsen Sunday night, there are a few things citizens need to do.

"Keep up with the local weather forecast, watch the news, obviously social media is the thing these days. Monitor all social media weather pages, stay indoors and stay off the highway if possible," said Johnson.

The EMA director said that as of right now, they're still in "wait and see" mode. He said the RV parks in Milledgeville have been filling up with evacuees.

Charles Tortorete said he and his wife have been on the road since the beginning of June. He said they've been trying to get back home to Florida, but Florence's path kept changing their plans.

Tortorete said he feels like Florence is following him, but he's doing everything possible to avoid this storm.

"I've never pulled an RV in my life! This is my first adventure pulling a trailer, and it's a big 34-foot fifth wheel. And I don't know what to expect so I just want to get on home," said Tortorete.

He said the winds make him nervous and that they were going to stay with his son in St. Simon, but Florence made them change their minds.

Tortorete said when he last spoke with his son, he was going out surfing to catch the waves Florence has been bringing in.

As the hurricane gets closer, keep up with the weather by downloading the WGXA News and WGXA Weather apps. Our team will have live coverage through the weekend.


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