Hurricane Florence churns off the East Coast. (Courtesy NOAA)

Hurricane Florence’s change in direction could impact Georgia, so Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

Deal issued the state of emergency for all of Georgia acting on a recommendation from  Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security officials.

Deal said in a statement: “In light of the storm’s forecasted southward track after making landfall, the state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety. 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. I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.”

With Florence aimed to hit more of the South Carolina coast, meteorologists expect bands of the hurricane and its remnants to move into Georgia on Monday.

Just a year ago, Hurricane Irma blew into Georgia killing three people, uprooting trees, knocking out power and closing metro schools for nearly a week.

Stay tuned for information on potential school and other closures.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.