NEWS BRIEF: State of emergency issued in Georgia ahead of Hurricane Ian

Prepare before Ian hits Atlanta!

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp sends in The National Gaurd

Hurricane Ian continues to grow in strength as the southeastern United States braces for its impact. Early Tuesday, the storm touched down in Cuba as a category three hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph. It is expected to grow even stronger as it travels over the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to hit category four status before making landfall Wednesday on the west coast of Florida.

Tuesday afternoon, Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in all 159 Georgia counties. He plans to send in Georgia National Guard to help with preparations before Ian's planned arrival.

According to Kemp’s statement, “Damaging winds will be possible statewide, even well away from the center of the storm, and downed trees and powerlines are possible statewide on Friday and Saturday. Widespread rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is also possible statewide, with 4 to 6 inches or more forecast in Southeast Georgia. Flash flooding, power outages, and other dangerous situations are possible, especially in Southeast Georgia.”

It is expected that Hurricane Ian will enter Georgia on Friday as a tropical storm or depression and exit on Sunday. Saturday will be the worst of day here in Atlanta. Residents should expect heavy rain and wind.

The following was also included in the governor's statement declaring the state of emergency:

What Georgians Can Do To Prepare:
Governor Kemp urges all Georgians to remain weather alert and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. Those directly impacted by the storm's path are encouraged to consult GEMA/HS' informational website that includes tips on storm preparedness before, during, and after a hurricane.

Take appropriate action based on your location

  • Residents who are in vulnerable housing situations, including those in low-lying areas or at-risk floodplains, should consider relocating temporarily to higher ground
  • All of South and Coastal Georgia should pay close attention to guidance from local officials and review family emergency plans with those in their care


(The state) encourage everyone to start planning now by:

  • Preparing ready kits
  • Reviewing communications plans for their families
  • Paying attention to guidance from local officials and trusted news sources for the most up-to-date information.
  • Visiting www.gema.georgia.gov for more information