Calhoun County hotels and other organizations were ready for Hurricane Florence evacuees Thursday.
Talladega Superspeedway opened its gates at 9 a.m. Thursday for those evacuating storms on the East Coast. Spokesman Russell Branham said the park had not yet received evacuees Thursday afternoon, but expect more in the days to come as the storm hits harder.
“We’re thinking maybe people will wait until the last minute to see what it’s going to do,” Branham said by phone Thursday.
Oxford hotels said they expect the same. Hampton Inn and Suites and La Quinta Inn and Suites in Oxford said aside from a handful of guests, they hadn’t booked many Florence evacuees Thursday. Hilton Garden Inn reported an influx of reservations for Friday night, along with a fire department from Texas headed east to help offer relief from potential damage.
Oxford and Anniston have been popular stops for storm evacuees in years past. Talladega Superspeedway reported welcoming 30 to 40 families during last year’s hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina also sent a number of evacuees northeast to Calhoun County in 2005.