Warner Robins church offers safety amid the storm

Southside Baptist open as shelter

People hunkered down for the worst of Tropical Storm Irma at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.

As the storm raged on outside, the church was stocked and ready for people to stay safe from Irma.

They had snacks, water, and places to rest.

Kristyl Hallmark and her family came from Perry after the strong winds made them nervous at their home. They were just glad Southside was open.

“I would like to thank them very much for all the help they've given, not only us but everybody,” said Hallmark. “They've opened their doors, they've provided stuff for them to eat and drink, and a place to lay your head, so it's awesome.”

They weren't the only ones.

Justin Camacho and three others came up from Lakeland, Florida. The storm's changing path made them nervous.

“We were following the newsfeeds and things were cooling down, then hyping back up, the weather was up and down and by the time it got to be up it was a Category Five,” said Camacho. “I felt like I just wanted to get my family out of there and be safe.”

And it was good they left. Camacho says he got bad news about his home.

“I looked up some photos this morning and got some news from my friends that half of my roof is gone,” said Camacho.

Southside Baptist says they will stay open until everyone who needs shelter leaves, but Camacho says they're not sure when they'll be able to leave.

Other people trickled in Monday as the storm got worse, including one man who was on his way home from work after his boss let people leave early and did not want to go home to his mobile home.

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