AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - People across Augusta County are preparing for Hurricane Florence by filling sandbags to protect their homes in low-lying areas.

On Wednesday morning, people gathered at the county government office where sand was readily available for residents to pick up for free.

Augusta County said it has about 7,000 bags of sand available as of Wednesday morning. People from the regional jail are also shoveling and loading sand bags for Augusta residents.

Although the storm may have less of an impact on central Virginia, people are still bracing for the worst.

“I thought that was awesome because I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do about that and then I got here with my shovel and thought I was going to have to do it myself, but luckily all these men are here helping out so that made it really nice,” said Augusta resident Amy McManaway.

Weather in the valley can be uncertain at times, so people say they are getting sandbags to prevent flooding in areas that usually flood.

The city of Waynesboro is also offering free sandbags to people until they run out. The two pickup locations for the sandbags in Waynesboro are on Brookwood Avenue and at the intersection of Arch Avenue and Main Street.