ALBANY, Ga. -- When it comes to severe weather, it's been a rough year for one Georgia city in particular. After getting hit by a massive tornado earlier this year, Albany is now bracing for more damage from Irma.

Authorities have asked people in Albany to be inside a sturdy home or shelter and prepared to stay there for at least the next 24 hours.

On Sunday, residents lined up outside the Albany Public Works Department to collect free protection for their home. Kim Sermons was there for her parents.

They're in a low-lying area,” Sermons said. “They'll get flooding around their house; it's like a moat.”

With Irma churning their way, local authorities said they'll pull emergency vehicles off of the roads when winds reach 40-miles-an-hour. They've urged people to leave structures like mobile homes.
Ann Redding said she thought about staying home.

“Wind was blowing and knocking stuff off of the back porch, and I said, ‘Oh no, it’s time for me to go,’” Redding said.

She joined others at the Albany Civic Center not willing to risk surviving Irma on their own.

Schools in Albany announced they’d be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Many businesses closed their doors on Sunday, uncertain when they might reopen.

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