Georgia Secretary of State survey's Hurricane Michael's impact

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 13, 2018 at 9:59 PM CDT
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Southwest Georgia took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. The secretary of state spent the day traveling county to county to assess the damage.

Scott Easom hunkered down at his home in Donalsonville to endure the storm.

"I've been living in Donalsonville all my life, and I've never seen anything like this, not even close," said Easom.

He and his family are okay, but picking up the mess the storm left behind, isn't going to happen overnight.

"We're going to help each other out,” said Easom. “We're going to get through this. This is just a temporary thing. We're going to get through this."

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp flew from county to county to see the damage first hand.

He was impressed to see how folks like Scott Easom were working hard to pick up the pieces.

"It's tough out there,” said Kemp. “These folks are coming together and being Georgia strong for sure, but there's a lot to do out there. Many people have lost everything."

Although Kemp's job was to see the damage and report back to the state office, another portion of his trip was to see if each county's election office would be able to hold early elections.

After getting a look at how bad off some of Georgia's southern counties are, he realized voting isn't the priority right now.

"I'm not diminishing someone's ability to vote, but I think everyone understands if you don't have a safe environment,” said Kemp. “I mean, this is a catastrophic situation that we're dealing with."

Early voting is supposed to start Monday, but Kemp says many county governments are ordering their election offices not to open unless they have power and water.

Kemp says he expects all election offices will have power back by Election Day on November 6th, but in case they don't, the state is looking into viable solutions.