Burke County, GA -
Residents in Burke County, where the heaviest weather is expected, are trying to prepare for the worst.The approaching winter storm will affect all schools in Burke County and has residents on high alert.
“Just try to hunker down and stay there.Don’t plan on driving anywhere,” said Doug Moore, a Waynesboro resident preparing for the storm.
Burke County Middle School grandparent Martha Scott is not taking any chances with the upcoming storm.She said she was pleased to hear news of Burke County Public Schools dismissing at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday and closing Wednesday.The district’s Public Information Officer, Amy Nunnally, said the decision was based on information provided by the National Weather Service.Overall, she said the safety of children comes first.Scott agreed.
“Just going to prepare and try to stay warm.You know anybody elderly that needs help, try to help keep them warm.Your plants and your animals, try to take care of them.”
A winter storm warning is expected to bring two to five inches of snow and about a quarter inch of ice to the area.News of the storm sent residents into grocery stores to stock up before the wintry mix comes down. Carlton Glen Hendrix was leaving Augusta and passing through Waynesboro and decided to stop and purchase a few essentials in case the storm hits earlier than expected.
He said, “I’m not a great chef.I eat out mostly.I got milk and I got juice.I got a can of these real nice beans. I plan to stay in a couple of days if it’s like they’re saying it’s going to be.”
Some of the items leaving store shelves will last a long time such as cans of soup, breakfast cereal, bathroom tissue and paper towel. But other items purchased included a few favorites.
“Beans and pork rinds for my wife.She likes those,” said Moore.
Some residents also picked up movies from the Redbox kiosk located outside of the BI-LO grocery store in Waynesboro.
Burke County emergency officials also prepared for the storm.A spokesperson at the Sheriff’s Department said that the vehicles have been prepared and extra deputies are on standby if needed.