Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declares State of Emergency for all counties

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ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia as Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the east coast.

The declaration was made following the latest forecast for the the hurricane, and a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management. This means that the state is activating all of its resources to make sure people are safe ahead of the hurricane.

Governor Deal released a statement that reads 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.”

You can read the executive order by clicking here.