• Dorian evacuees sitting out storm here in metro Atlanta

    By: Justin Wilfon


    HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Hurricane Dorian evacuees have found a new home here in metro Atlanta this week as the storm continues to churn off the Georgia Coast.

    Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon spoke with two families Wednesday night who are staying at hotels in Henry County until it is safe for them to go back home.

    “I think it’s always necessary for safety. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Jacquelynn Amend said.
    Amend, along with her three kids, two dogs and a cat were able to get a hotel room in McDonough.

    She told Wilfon they were forced from their homes by other hurricanes in year’s past, just like the Hughes family. Wilfon found them staying at the same hotel after making the trip from Brunswick.

    “Well very concerned because the storm was doing bobbles here and there, going east to west, north,
    northwest. So, we weren’t sure whether our property was going to be affected,” Tim Hughes said.


    He said he wanted to get his wife and grandson out of harm’s way.


    Now they’re wondering what’s happening back home.

    “She is driving me crazy watching the news and the hurricanes,” Hughes said pointing to his wife. “I just hated to have to leave.”

    Wilfon checked with several hotels around Henry County and all were sold out as evacuated families made their way up Intestate 75.

    The families hope to go the opposite direction on Thursday once they are cleared to go back home.

    With the worst of the hurricane missing the Georgia coast, they hope Dorian spared their homes.

    One of the families told Wilfon they came to Atlanta because of all the things to do.

    Thursday night, the Atlanta Braves are offering free admission to all hurricane evacuees.

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