Evacuees, truckers, travelers stay in Atlanta to avoid storm
ATLANTA - Hurricane Michael has spelled trouble and delays for truckers coming and going to South Georgia and Florida.
In Butts County, Loves Truck Stop had lots of big rig drivers taking refuge from Michael.
Clayton Slone told FOX 5 News he was driving through South Georgia when the heavy wind and rain started arriving.
“The wind was so strong it pushed me into the third lane over so I had to drop speed really fast and carefully,” said Slone.
Hobie Johnson, coming from Savannah to metro Atlanta to reload his cargo, got orders from headquarters.
“They told me not to move anymore until the storm rolls in so they changed my schedule until tomorrow morning at noon,” said Johnson.
Johnson said he got out of South Georgia before major thoroughfares started shutting down. So did Randy Dillard.
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“After praying about it my wife and I decided we better head on out,” said Dillard.
He and his wife left their home in Plains, Georgia, driving to the campground at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The other RVs there were part of a traveling carnival, temporary neighbors to the Dillard’s who were the only hurricane evacuees taking advantage of the AMS campgrounds when FOX 5 News stopped by.
“I have a daughter who lives in Atlanta and she sent me the information. And she said dad this is a safe place,” said Dillard.
Whether at the AMS campground or Love's truck stop, those escaping Michaels path tried to keep it all in perspective.
“There’s nothing you can do about it you just have to go with what you’re thrown at, so deal with it and accept it,” said Don Leahy, a truck driver stranded at Loves.
Most of the people who spoke to FOX 5 News said they would stay another day or two before heading back to their original destinations.