Lincoln County Nevada has declared a state of emergency in preparation for thousands of visitors expected to arrive for the Storm Area 51 event on September 20th.

Lincoln County is home to around 5,200 residents. The county has currently estimated the crowds on the September 20th weekend will swell to around 10,000 to 200,000.

The town of Rachel, which lies closest to Area 51 has posted on it’s website “Other than the Little A’Le’Inn, a small bar and motel there are no services in Rachel. There is no gas and no store. The Inn is booked for that weekend”

Varlin Higbee, Lincoln County Commission Chairman told¬†Newsweek. “The towns won’t be able handle the influx of people and we don’t want to wait till there is a crisis… People are not excited about this. It will be tough to handle, they are preparing for the crowds and amping up their security. Sure the businesses will make more money but they will be so overwhelmed,”

At aroughly the size of Connecticut, Area 51 will remain closed to the public during the event, and visitors have been warned. Higbee added “It’s a military base – they aren’t screwing around, they will use lethal force, It’s not a joke. You don’t just storm a facility”

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