Hurricane evacuees travel through McDuffie for refuge
By Jim Wallace

Ollice and Latasha Howton, with children Shiloh, 1; Damon, 10; and Malachi, 3, left Savannah for Atlanta.
People leaving their home came to and through McDuffie County this week and last.
Ollice Howton and his wife, Latasha, and children Shiloh, 1, Damon, 10, and Malachi, 3, chose McDonald’s Thursday evening for a break while traveling as Hurricane Irma moved from Florida to Georgia.
Latasha said the family left Savannah as the reports came in.
“We wanted to be proactive to Irma, instead of reactive,” said Ollice.
Latasha said the couple were headed to Atlanta Thursday and would consider going further.
“My biggest concern, besides injury, was being without power,” she said, as she and children are asthmatic.
“Power for a nebulizer for the children is important,” she said.
The family said they prepared their home before leaving as much as possible, and were concerned about what the Hurricane might mean to the region.
“I am a realtor in Savannah, and I hope and pray I have a home to return to and property to sell,” she said.
On Friday, Cannon Pierce, of Savannah, stopped at Chick-fil-A, with his wife, two children and two dogs.
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