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Governor Deal Issues State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

By Julien Virgin

September 12, 2018 - 2:34 pm

Governor Nathan Deal has issued a State of Emergency ahead of Hurrican Florence making landfall in the northeastern part of the state.

As it approches the eastern coast, Florence remains a Category 4 hurricane with winds around 130 mph.

Wednesday, Deal  announced an emergency declaration for all 159 Georgia counties, reading in part,

“In light of the storm’s forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas. GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.”

President Donald Trump tweeted,

Atlanta Motor Speedway has opened its campgrounds for Hurricane Florence evacuees.

Additionally, officials at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport are preparing for the storm and additional passengers.

Read the full exective order: https://gov.georgia.gov/sites/gov.georgia.gov/files/related_files/docume...