Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for the state of Georgia ahead Florence making landfall. Deal released the following statement Wednesday afternoon: “The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence,” said Deal. “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.” Senator Butch Miller soon followed suite by issuing a statement on emergency declaration: READ MORE