Gov. Nathan Deal declares State of Emergency ahead of Michael

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MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for 108 of the state’s 152 counties ahead of Hurricane Michael’s arrival this week.

The declaration was made based on the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center regarding Hurricane Michael’s forecast path and intensity as it moves into the state of Georgia. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials also recommended Governor Deal to make the declaration.

This means that the state is activating all of its resources to make sure people are safe ahead of the hurricane.

The Governor’s office reports that Wednesday morning “Deal activated 1,500 Georgia Guardsmen to be placed on standby and deployed as needed to areas affected by the hurricane.”

Governor Deal released a statement that reads:

“This is a dangerous, dangerous hurricane and I urge those in Hurricane Michael’s forecasted path to be prepared, stand vigilant, and be ready to help their neighbors. At the state level, we are mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety and coordinating with federal, local and private sector partners to position resources around the state. This hurricane has potential to do serious damage in Georgia communities and at this time, we are encouraging those in the hurricane’s forecasted path to make whatever preparations are necessary. Protecting the lives of families and those who need assistance, including those evacuating from neighboring states, is our primary concern. Georgians are great people who reach out to help their neighbors in times of need, and this will certainly be one of those times for some parts of our state. I once again ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Michael.”

You can read the executive order by clicking here.

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  Kristen Kennedy joined the 41NBC First Alert Storm Team in May 2016. Kristen is not new to the state of Georgia - she was born and raised in Roswell, just north of Atlanta. Kristen developed a passion for weather at an early age - as early as the third grade! Her excitement and interest in meteorology continued throughout her years of higher education. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences, concentrating in Professional Meteorology with Broadcast Emphasis. She also has a minor in Broadcast Communications. In college, Kristen was a member of the broadcast meteorology program's Campus Connect Forecast where she produced and recorded forecasts weekly, reported weather hits for radio, wrote forecast updates for the student newspaper and worked extensively on social media. She also won 2nd Place in the College Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters awards banquet for the Best College Weathercast. Aside from her time forecasting the weather in college, Kristen also interned at WSB-TV, a local news station in Atlanta, during the summer of 2015. When she's not monitoring weather conditions, Kristen is probably talking or watching sports. She grew up watching her brothers play and even got involved in a few sports herself. Kristen loves college football, though she is biased towards the SEC. She notes that Saturdays down south in the fall are arguably some of the best days of the year. She has always been an Atlanta Braves fan, and she also enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks battle it out against their opponents. Kristen also loves the outdoors and exploring new locations to hammock with a view. She constantly has an eye to the sky, and eagerly awaits sunset each day - hoping for a colorful sky to capture with her camera. She is excited to finally experience some beautiful sunrises now that she's working the morning side of the day. You can catch Kristen's forecasts daily on 41 Daybreak from 5-7 AM and on 41 Today at 11 AM.