Augusta braces for Michael

AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) - In The Augusta area, it is a signal that bad weather could be coming: the Engineering Department putting out sandbags. And people are coming to get them because Michael could be one mean storm. 

Robert Clark had some concerns. He was one of the Augusta residents who came to the

Engineering office off Tobacco Road to take home some sandbags to block flooding

"The more I thought about it, I don't know what this thing is going to bring us, better to be safe than sorry," said Clark. 

Brian Holliday was using his trailer for his lawn mower, not sandbags. He lives in Fleming Heights, where talk of a tropical storm is taken very seriously. He's watching Michael with fingers crossed. 

"Been here over 20 years, and we have had some flooding and with what's coming I'm a little worried it's going to be underwater, some of it," said Holliday. 

City leaders are advising residents to be ready and be prepared. The fire chief says there are two main worries, the first is flooding. 

"The other major concern is the winds and the power outages. We know we have come concerns when the power is out. Your dialysis centers that don't have back up generators become an issue," says Fire Chief Chris James. 

The wind is also a worry for the maintenance division, where crews are on call for when the weather gets bad.

"Because 9 times out of ten when the weather starts getting bad we get a lot of rain, we have problems with trees falling and flooding, so we'll have crews out in the morning," said Denise Bulter King who works for Engineering at Tobacco Road office.

The city has just opened the Blythe Community Center for those worried about the winds. You can bring your pets however they can't stay with you. They will be transported to the Animal Services Shelter.

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